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Yes You Should Recycle That Stuff!

At a recent dinner party I cooked for, the conversation went like this between me and the birthday boy (who is a dear friend hence the light sarcasm):

C: You guys don’t recycle anymore?

BB: Uh yeah we do, what do you think that big blue bin is out there in the garage?

C: Oh, I was just wondering because there’s a bunch of plastic in your regular garbage that can be recycled.

BB: Yeah, it’s dirty.

C: You could give it a rinse.

BB: That wastes water.

C: You will barely use any water and in most cases you can recycle stuff even if it’s dirty. It’s always better to recycle something dirty than to let plastic lay around forever in a dump.

BB: Yeah, yeah.

So, the Q U E S T I O N S are:

1. Does recycling waste water?


2. Can you recycle dirty items?

We looked to our friends at Treehugger for the answers to these questions. According to Pablo, the Vice President of Greeenhouse Gas Management at ClimateCHECK, the answer is YES-you should recycle that stuff because recycling actually saves water!

It turns out that recycling actually saves water. This is because the extraction of virgin raw materials and manufacturing them into single use packaging uses quite a bit of water. Recycling reduces the need for materials from virgin sources and therefore reduces water use.

Pablo via Treehugger

Become A More Efficient Rinser

Recycling centers do appreciate when you rinse. It reduces contamination, but also fossil fuels burned to get heavier recyclables to the center. Treehugger suggests you scrape your container into your compost or garbage receptacle and save the containers until you’re done doing dishes. Rinse containers with the remaining dish water.

Want to learn more about recycling? Boom. Composting at home? Bam. Urban composting? Here ya go! OrganicSoul offers their list of what you should be recycling here.

What tricks work for you at home? Help other recyclers improve their ways by dropping a comment below!

Thanks for the pics via Pinterest, Carly & Christy &


C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.


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