Recycle the Recycling

By Michelle Martin
Published March 14, 2012

Why just recycle...

Green waste

Recyclables in a clear bag

...when you could recycle the recycling?

Litter in the woods

In other words, why clean up when you could play pirates?

Michelle Martin lives in Hamilton. The opinions she expresses in Raise the Hammer are her own.


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By TreyS (registered) | Posted March 15, 2012 at 18:57:40

I'm confused.

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By NoSugarAdded (registered) | Posted March 16, 2012 at 09:44:06

???? I have children and I am still confused?

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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 16, 2012 at 14:13:34

It really isn't that hard. There isn't a piece of garbage you can name that isn't useful in some way (though some more than others).

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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted March 16, 2012 at 15:09:16 in reply to Comment 75252

The young fellow who built the pirate lean-to also has the responsibility of keeping our recycling sorted. Guess he took advantage of his position to design a game- cost us nothing, not even an inch of closet space, and no clean-up to speak of.

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By Kevin (registered) | Posted March 17, 2012 at 13:59:00

A rhyming, recycling gandeneer... awesome.

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By ShawnRussell (registered) - website | Posted April 19, 2013 at 03:42:55

Interesting. I think what you do it’s really good for children as they associate recycling with “fun” instead of “troublesome” or “something only crazy green peace people do”. When I was a child, plastic carriers would be turned into kites and old hats turned into sleeping quarters for kittens. It’s activities like these that you start to appreciate the value to things. I think right now, the disposable culture is way too strong. I've seen teenagers discarding perfectly working phones because of a new found trend. It’s sick – almost like a virus. The carrier of this virus is of course advertising and peer pressure. However, if kids grew up thinking recycling is cool, they should not be affected so easily.

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