What I Hated the Least Today 175/365: Recycling

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A bagful of rubbish
A bagful of rubbish

I recycle like I plan to live on this earth forever or like I want to save the planet. As to the former, I won’t continue to live even through my offspring because I don’t intend to reproduce; as to the latter, I don’t suffer from a saviour complex, and let’s be realistic. Despite my relentless scepticism, I persist in activities that more optimistic people would call meaningful. Like recycling.

It occurred to me that when you recycle, you ultimately find yourself living on a heap of rubbish. I have an entire cupboard filled with rubbish. There are three shelves, one holding a large basket for plastics, another a basket for paper and the last one is a home to glass bottles. I don’t take my recyclables to the bin until the baskets are full.

Today it was time to drag my hoard of paper out to the bin. The cat showed a great interest in my undertaking as I was moving the contents of the basket in a bag to carry out, but she showed zero interest in assisting me. As I was rummaging through my rubbish, I made the following findings:

  • I have a large consumption of boxed tissues. That makes sense. I live in a bedsit, yet I always have three tissue boxes distributed around at strategic locations.
  • I seem to live on crisp bread. That’s also about right. The cheap kind comes in plastic bags, but I fancy the fancy kind that comes in boxes.
  • I get a lot of junk mail. That’s curious, considering that I have a NO JUNK label on my post box. Council newsletters are apparently not regarded as junk by the postman.

While I didn’t particularly love my dealings with my rubbish, I do like it that now I cohabit with less rubbish than before. I should probably make trips to the bin more often. For the kick out of it, for the entertainment of the cat and for the profit of whoever steals paper from communal bins to sell it for ten cents per kilo.

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52 comments on “What I Hated the Least Today 175/365: Recycling”

  1. I actually beleive in landfill being the future. I can imagine a day when it will be the last resource on the planet. Grubby people will take days exhuming a rich seam of aluminium cans left over from the 90’s. Seriusly nice cat by the way

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    1. Ha, I love your comment! It’s so to the point, whether we like it or not. Good for me, I won’t live to see it 😮

      My cat thanks you for the compliment – it’s not like she wasn’t super conceited even before – and says meow 🐱

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        1. Cats are awesome. Cats are also assholes. But they’re still awesome 😉 I recommend obtaining one, unless you’re a dog person. Or, I don’t know, a snake person, say.

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          1. You want to swap your cat for a goldfish? Well, I am suprised, but pleased in a way, good cats are rare after all. The next question is, what sort of condition do you expect the goldfish to be in, considering the extreme distance it has to travel?

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          2. Noo! I was thinking you’d get a cat and a goldfish to feed the cat with. I’m certainly not swapping my cat for anything. Though I would consider selling her to the highest bid, if high enough. The cat must never know this.

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          3. Whew, I need to change my passwords to stop the cat from using my devices when I’m not looking. She shouldn’t be using email. That’s how it starts. The next thing I know she’ll be on Tinder.

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          4. I’d like Tinder for cats – not one to be used by cats, but one where there would be only cats. I’d probably swipe every cat right. (Or left? Whichever direction it is that means that you like it.)

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  2. We live in an age of recycling. We recycle everything here. Every fortnight the recycle man comes round and empties the bin which at my place is always full, diet coke cans and cardboard mostly. And it does give you a sense of righteousness that you are doing your bit for the environment. Well done you I say……

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      1. Exactly I have this sense of outrage when I see litter and I live opposite a high school and forever I’m collecting rubbish that blows into my yard.

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  3. “when you recycle, you ultimately find yourself living on a heap of rubbish” I so agree with this sentiment. Perhaps in a way this is hoarding too. Keeping papers so we can use them on both sides, to wrap veggies to tuck away in the fridge, and if we can’t find a use for them eventually they go to the recycling plant. I’d rather just put them straight there so I can have a more spacious places to live.

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    1. Thank you for your great comment! You really develop the idea that was in my mind but that I didn’t quite elaborate on. I used to keep pretty much everything, thinking I would reuse it, but then I moved from a house to a flat, where there is, of course, no space for hoarding. Now I think I have found a reasonable balance, even though I was surprised to realise how much rubbish I keep in my dedicated cupboard. It makes me feel a bit messy.

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      1. I too live in a flat and recently have been cleaning out my room. Even though it’s a small space, there are quite a few things I haven’t touched in years. So like you, I do feel a bit messy. Especially when it comes to clothes 😀

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  4. I used to be more adamant about it, before I came here. Sweden now has to import ordinary garbage … they recycle so well, so they don’t produce enough garbage to fuel some heating system or whatever.

    Funny, about the tissue … we have those boxes too, strategically placed, throughout the apartment.

    I like to drink a certain bubbly water, that unfortunately comes in plastic bottles. It comforts me somewhat, to read on WalMart bags “this bag was made 85% out of plastic bottles”.

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    1. Oh dear, Sweden imports rubbish? I’m not that surprised, when you recycle religiously, you end up with almost no rubbish at all. That’s not really what I do, I don’t wish to turn recycling into a lifestyle. I’m not going to pass on certain products only because they come in packages. I’m already quite choosy, so I imagine that would leave me starving to death. So, I believe you have zero reason to feel bad about your bubbly water.

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      1. Yeah, most people have three buckets underneath the sink + a small container for batteries ‘n stuff. I had that in a newer apartment complex I lived. Very convenient. There, they also had a separate building for trash. All the different containers were lined up there, which made it very easy to recycle. That’s not the case everywhere, only in newly produced buildings.

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        1. Yep, the classic threesome of recycle bins… My area only recycles paper, plastic and glass; some other areas recycle also tin cans and juice/milk cartons. I don’t use the latter really, so I’m good.

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    1. Wow, that’s a big achievement! Thank you for linking to this post. It’s funny how we thought of blogging about the same subject at the same time, though your post is, of course, more inspiring!

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  5. Where I live drink bottles have a 10c surcharge. We collect them and when I have a few bags full, I take them to the recycle depot. And save the money towards something I really would like to buy when I have enough $$$.

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  6. I try to recycle from both ends of the process: I try to buy things that have little or no packaging and I buy a lot that is second hand and I then recycle everything that my township recycles. I’ve lived in places where I had to keep all the materials separate and then transport them to the recycling centre myself but now I’m lucky and have kerb side collection of mixed recyclables so I can dump a the recycling into one exterior bin that is collected once a week. We also have a bin for our gardening waste that is collected weekly too. What I note about our efforts is that our landfill bin is never full and most of it is bags of old cat litter (and I use eco friendly wheat litter at that) .

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    1. That’s a good point, about not only recycling but also considering what one buys in terms of packaging. When I have the choice of two equal products, one unpacked, I go for it, but this isn’t a thing here yet really. I also used to live in a place where one needed a car to get at the recycling centre, so I like it a lot that now I have recycling bins sitting just a short distance from my building. Now that you mention it, the bulk of my non-recyclable litter is cat litter too. The cat is not very eco friendly 😉

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      1. Look into eco-friendly cat litter. I have to buy it online but I set up a monthly delivery which drives the price down and gets me free shipping. Not only do I have a clearer conscience about using it but it is healthier for the cats and is so much easier to clean. The only downside is that it does not absorb odours as well as the chemical stuff does but I scoop frequently enough that smell is rarely an issue.

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        1. Prompted by your comment, I researched into environment friendly cat litter, but I found it a bit overwhelming and am still not really sure even what kind the litter I use is. It’s this one, I use it because it clumps, so it’s convenient to clean. Now that I think of it, I’ll try to repeat my research, Googling not in English but in Czech this time to see what’s even available here. The choice, if any, is bound to be more limited than, say, in the US.

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  7. I like how your cat is always around!
    Aloof, but not totally absent.

    Recycling is something I am not good at all (sometimes I reuse my plastic bags so that I don’t accumulate them in my room!), though my mother excels at it. I wonder if it is a girl-thing, or age-thing. And I had to google ‘crisp bread’ to know what you mean when you say get them in boxes!!

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    1. That’s the nice thing about having a pet – my cat is always around, poking her nose into whatever I’m doing, so one doesn’t feel alone. I believe recycling is affected by gender as well as by one’s culture – my country isn’t hysterical about recycling, but we do the basics; it’s still a new thing though and the older generation typically has neither any idea about nor any interest in recycling. They’re simply not used to thinking like this. I’m sorry I made you Google crisp bread, which you probably found disappointing on top of it. I don’t recommend it to anyone who’s not on diet.

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          1. Haha. I’ve blogged about toilet paper before. I’m not blogging much these days either. I blame it on work and play taking up all my time, but maybe I did run out of blog worthy subjects. :O

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          2. The toilet paper post is in preparation. Challenge accepted 😉 It’s alright to take a break from blogging of course, especially when one has better things to do! You can blog about them when you feel like it again.

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