Just before Christmas, I received the annual mailing from our waste collection company that lays out the curb pickup schedule for 2011 and reiterates instructions for recyclables. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are switching to single stream recycling. This means that, rather than residential customers doing the sorting, all recyclable materials are mixed and sorted at the facility. There are many potential pros and cons to this method, which you can find summarized on Wikipedia. What it means for me is that a lot more of my family’s refuse will be recycled. Where we were previously limited to #1 and #2 type plastics, we can now recycled in plastic that has a number on it. This is huge. We didn’t have any paper pickup previously—we saved our paper and took it to a pickup location that accepted it, but we had no option for cardboard. Now we can recycle all paper and cardboard that isn’t wax coated or contaminated with food.
So, my resolution is to recycle more. This is a great way to kick off a new year.