There are a great many reasons to recycle, but I honestly didn’t get into it until joining the ROW Adventures crew in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At the time, I was living with an old boyfriend who honestly didn’t feel like recycling was an important thing at all. Also at the time, I went out of my way each morning to purchase a Zipfizz at the local mocha stand. (Yep. Lots of money… TOTALLY WORTH IT.)

Anyways, I would drink these amazing drinks at work & throw away the cups… in the trash. And one day, one of my coworkers came up to me & said, “Holy Crap! What is all of this?” Come to find out, unfortunately, that the cups I was using were actually the wrong plastic number for our local recycling program to actually use, so in the trash they still went, but none-the-less, I learned a valuable lesson that day. Recycling IS important.

Now, I unfortunately could not convince my then boyfriend just how important recycling was to me & my coworkers, but I was suddenly all about recycling at work.

-Did you know that, according to the EPA website, 2012 has seen a disposal decrease from 89% in 1980 to 54% in 2012.
-Also according to the EPA, “In 2012, nationally, we recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of MSW. This provides an annual benefit of more than 168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions reduced, comparable to removing the emissions from over 33 million passenger vehicles from the road in one year.”


And one day not too long from my lesson-learned experience, I got my own little place near the beach & began recycling 80% of all that I used, which I was incredibly proud of. While it is a bummer that local recycling spots only recycle certain things & plastic numbers, I remain eternally grateful for the ongoing efforts – by locals & by our local recycling companies.

If you’re looking to recycle in your area, check out your local waste management companies website for details. And for those of you who live in or around my same area, check out this link for specifications on what you can and cannot recycle. (It also seems as though there is no additional charge for extra recycling!!!) You’ll be amazed at how simple it is & how easily you’ll catch on to the whole process. You simply cannot beat the effort to save our planet. 🙂



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