Friday, April 22, 2011
Water, Water, Everywhere!
When it comes to sports swimming is my number one, which means I am very in tuned with water. As I have said previously I find water relaxing. I have downloaded ocean waves to my iPod and love sitting by the ocean (without the screaming children, although at times they have their place too) and just watch and listen.
All of this brings me to my community because what we dispose of no matter how hard we try ends up somehow making it into these local bodies of water. I have lived in Howard County my whole life. When I was in 5th grade, I believe, we got curb side recycling and I was ecstatic. Recycling was still pretty new at the time and we worked hard to sort our recycling and fill up that little blue bin. I still live in Howard County, just on the other side and sometimes neglected side of 95, and WE DON'T HAVE RECYCLING! ( hocoblogs@@@ )
Wait what's that you say you live in Hoco and don't have recycling? But I thought everyone had recycling because our taxes pay for it.
You know I thought the same thing and I don't pretend to know the ins and outs and why my neighborhood doesn't have recycling, its some sort of money thing but I feel like I am probably paying for it and not getting it. The hubby and I still recycle, we just have to drop it off places but I know my neighbors are not doing that. They have trash bins overflowing (and we have the really big ones) with cardboard and other materials that could be recycled. It frustrates me every trash day to see so much crap heading for the landfill. We put out trash about once a month. I know we don't have kids and apparently they generate a lot of trash, but we do have to drop off our recycling at least once a week. I think about all that garbage heading for the landfill and some of it will blow off the truck and not make it there increasing the chances that it is going to make it into the lakes and bay that I swim in. I was originally going to take pictures of my neighborhood houses with their mountains of trash but thought I might make a few enemies that way so instead I am making a plea to whomever decided my neighborhood wasn't worthy of recycling to reconsider. I care about my water and my environment.
Former Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders gives her feelings on the non-chlorinated variety of water.
From the sound of it our local landfill is working to reuse and is shipping some of our trash elsewhere, to Virginia, where I have also been known to swim open water.
Are there any other neighborhoods out there not recycling? If so why?