Over the years I haven’t been very nice to Mother Earth. I’m drive a gas guzzling SUV, I don’t like re-useable grocery bags, and I don’t mind my fruits and vegetables being grown in pesticides. It is America and it’s my ‘right’, right? I can throw everything away and let it rot in a landfill. Cut the plastic rims 6 packs on in? Nope, the duck should know better. Consume and consume all the resources and let the others generations worry about it. Ok, maybe that is a bit extreme but I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.
Up until a year ago I didn’t recycle anything. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about the environment but I didn’t think my little part could make a difference. After some persuading by my boyfriend I decided to should give it a try. I started with plastic water bottles. I drink an ungodly amount of bottled water. My boyfriend was a little shocked at first seeing the volume of bottles I went through. He suggested that I get a reusable bottle and a filter. I scoffed at him. I don’t react to change very well. I already had the bulky recycling bin in my kitchen, I wasn’t about to give up my bottles too. I like the convenience of a bottle of water. I don’t have to worry about if it’s cold or going to leak. Baby steps. Long story short I now recycle most everything. I really don’t like recycling can foods though. I had a bad experience with a fork and a mandarin orange can.
I’m lucky enough to live in the great city of Evansville, Indiana. The city of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has implemented a new program for trash and recycling pick up. They have started the distribution of new trash cans and recycling bins. From what I can tell they are nice 96 gallon carts. The recycling carts have green lids. I mean who doesn’t like a trash can with rollers? The trash pick up days have changed schedules but the city website has an answer for that.
The following is an easy guide of how to look up your trash and recycling pick up schedule. Start by going to www.evansville.in.gov, click on the Government scroll down. Scroll to Departments T-Z, Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities. On the left side of screen, click Trash and Recycling. This will bring up all the options you will need: new container carts system, residential trash, recycling, leaves collection, heavy trash, and pick up dates. You can go where ever from here. I wanted to see the pick schedules and recycling schedules. If you click trash and recycling it will give you give link to everything you will need. You can even put in your address and get specific information on your house. As well as a printable recycling calendar.
I think Evansville made a great choice in going to this system. You can put all of your recycling in one bind and they will sort it. People of Evansville you have no excuse not to recycle. Let’s all do our little part.
Side Note: I know there are lots of links. Hopefully it makes it easier and not worse.