Today I am going to get rid of something that it is very important you don’t just throw in the trash. Because this challenge is not about just mindlessly throwing things out and having them ending up on a landfill somewhere and polluting the environment. I am from Sweden and there this is not a big issue because pretty much everybody recycles and pretty much everywhere you go there is some sort of recycling station. There are big bins everywhere to throw out glass, metal, batteries, toxic stuff like paint, chemicals from your home cleaning, nail polish and so on. It doesn’t matter if you live in a house or rent an apartment in down town, everybody has access to a recycling station. And if you are getting rid of a lot of stuff you can just drive a bit outside town to a huge recycling station. Here in the states we have not come as far. To recycle anything (besides bottle return at the grocery store) is a bit more of a challenge. Let’s not get into how unbelievably bonkers this is in a country like this! But there are ways, there is just a bit more work and effort from us as consumers.
Go and download the app iRecycle to your phone right now. This is your complete guide to where to recycle what. Here you choose what it is you want to recycle and enter your zip code, and it will tell you where to go. So today I entered “nail polish” and my zip code and it tells me that I can go to some Household Hazardous Waste Program. Unfortunately, this seems to be only a yearly event so that is totally crazy. Things like this should be available like all the time, am I right? Most electronics you can actually return to the store. Search your specific item and you’ll find a bunch of stores that will take your old cassette players, broken DVD players, stereo equipment, calculators, computers, remote controls and even old cables off your hands. How great is this! There are also Electronic Recycling Programs in a lot of towns that you can contact. You can also search for car stuff, batteries, construction materials, garden stuff, glass, hazardous household stuff, metal, paint, paper and plastic. Also click on “Articles” and go to their blog where there are a bunch of really great recycle tips and on how to live more environmentally friendly and ecological.
Ok. Today I am getting rid of six nail polish bottles (actually I am putting them in a bin for recycling).