Recently, I helped clean up a wedding reception for a family member out-of-state and I instinctly gathered the Martenalis bottles that had been placed on the center of each table in the gym together. As someone else started to throw them into the trash, they looked at me with shock when I said to stop while I went and got the recycling bin. The church building simply didn’t have one. I was curiously asked if my church building did …
I realized that the difference was the product of the availability of curb side recyling service. However, it was an even more foriegn concept when I suggested to take the bottles to a recycling center – apparently the Walmart was the only option for limited recycling. (I did manage to succeed at this though).
I live in an area with incredibly good recycling services. I have more recycling bins in my house than trash cans. Our curbside service picks up bottles, aluminums, several types of plastic, and cardboard, and there is a center where I can go to dispose of batteries, other metals, and even electronics and other items. However, it really hit me what good does it do to worry about recycling my yogurt cup if other parts of the country don’t recycle the basics – glass and aluminum.
I was pleased though that my comments at the wedding made a small difference the day off as well as impacted my otherwise conservative sister, who is young women’s president and lives in a pretty rural area on the other side of the country, to make a point to haul any recyclable items from mutual activities to her local recycling center.
So I am just curious to see what everyone’s experiences here with recycling are … Does your church building have a recycling bin? Does your community have recycling centers? If not, how do (or do) you promote recycling at church?