Next Steps

Welcome back to rethink the bins best practices for smart recycling and composting. Congratulations on making it this far. It’s now time for our final lesson. Let’s get going with lesson six. The next steps now that you’ve taken a quiz, and you know what to toss where, what are you going to do with that information? You’ve now learned a little more about what to toss where. And hopefully, when you go out into the community or whether you recycle at home, you’ll have more confidence that the items that you put in the recycling bin are actually getting recycled because they belong there. And that the items you put in a compost or yard waste bin are actually going to become healthy content. But the guidelines that I’ve given in this course, are just a starting point. Because the reality is, things vary from location to location. They’re different in different states. And there’s sometimes even different in adjoining cities in the same County. What you need to do is go to the website of your local waste hauling company and recycling company, and they have information that will tell you exactly what is recyclable in your area. Is glass accepted or not? Do lids have to be on bottles? Or can they be separate? Should you even include them at all? What about plastic bags for the most part, those are not going to be taken but perhaps you can bag up a whole bunch of them and put them in if your city allows that There are some basic, common practices and I’ve shared them here. But as I said, you got to really look at what the rules are, where you live. And I hope that when you go out in the community, you’ll see clear signs like the ones I show here. But the signs aren’t always clear. And in many cases, you just need to use your best judgment. But really, looking at the big picture. We need to do more than just change our own habits. Although that is a great starting point. Every individual and every household can make a difference. But with thousands or millions of us, changing our habits, that’s what will give us real change in our society. So start at home, start small, but also push for more action in your community where you live. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get my free PDF with five myths about recycling. I mentioned those briefly, but you can read it and have the information handy for you to learn more. Now this course, I called it rethink the bins for a reason. I’ve got a book coming out in November with that title. And you can find out more on my website. I welcome you to follow me on Twitter, go to my website where you can sign up for the newsletter and get the free PDF I mentioned. And get all the news about things that you can do to become smarter about recycling, reduce your household waste, and lower your impact on resource use, and help create a healthy community where you live. Thanks for listening. Thanks for doing your part and happy recycling.