It's very intimidating. It seems everyone these days knows how to recycle and it's the "in" thing to do. Well I've never been one of the "in" crowd and recycling is no exception.
Yes Nana, you were right, I don't know how to recycle. (Which reminds me, I've got like ten bags of magazines with your name on them.)
Let me explain.
I'm not a complete idiot, I know that you can recycle paper and cardboard and crap like that but what confuses me is which items go in which recycling bins? Can I put glass bottles and paper in the same recycling bin? What about pop cans?
The other day I saw a sign left on the recycling bin in the break room at work that said you can't throw paper towels in it.
What? I'm just so confused. And why are some green and some blue? Do the different colors mean something like green is for glass and blue is for paper? Can you recycle plastic bags? What about empty wine bottles? Empty tequila bottles?
Not that I drink tequila or anything like that, I'm just curious.
Ok, here is a little scenario for you:
So I'm in the break room holding my empty frozen meal box and wondering if I can put it in the big blue recycling bin.
This is what my mind does:
"Crap. Someone just walked in, now they're going to see me.
I am so screwed.
If I put it in the recycling bin and it's not supposed to go there, they'll think I'm an idiot. If I throw it in the trash can when it can go in the recycling bin they're going to think I'm an ignorant idiot. They would be correct in both cases but I don't want them to know that!
Maybe if I pretend to be getting a drink I can stall long enough for them to leave. Oh no! They just put something in the microwave for 3 minutes! I have to stall for 3 minutes!"
My heart starts pounding and just as I reach for a cup, the the person decides to leave the room while his food is cooking.
"Oh thank God!" I throw the box in the recycling bin and make a mad dash for the door.
Jeebus I need some Xanax just so I can recycle!
Oh, and what about dirty stuff? Like paper plates with food stuck on it, can you stick that in the recycling bin?
And what the hell is composting? Why would anyone in they're right mind want to keep rotten food?
Is it really this hard to be environmental conscious?