Everyone who told you that recycling while living in an apartment is not possible was absolutely wrong. Just because you live in an apartment does not excuse you from becoming more environment friendly in your lifestyle.
Even though most apartments are limited when it comes to things like space, control over utilities, and even recycling, as an apartment owner or tenant there is still a lot you can do to make your lifestyle not only more eco-friendly but also healthier and happier.
1. I Don’t Have Space to Store Recycling Items
Most apartments are very limited when it comes to storage. No one wants to waste a perfectly good storage space by storing used bottles and cans. Another issue could be the management of the apartment building. Many management companies request residents to keep their balconies clean and free of trash or storage items so they cannot store anything out there.
One way to get around this is to keep an extra trash bin next to your trash can specifically for recyclable items. Another way is to get a wide but low box or bin and store it under a counter or a table. You can find a number of items on eBay, Amazon or even Etsy that not only help you organize your recycling items but also look great and aesthetically pleasing. The recycling bags from Etsy in this picture cost just $18.
There are a number of ways to get around the problem of space if you have the will to do so.
And look at all the cool stuff you can make from recycled items!
2. The Recycling Store is So Far Away
The City of Boston Public Works Department provides recycling pick-up services. Currently the Recycling Cart service is under suspension due to the winter but will resume from March, 3. All you have to do is request a recycling cart and all your recyclable items will be picked up, therefore throwing this excuse for not going green in an apartment out the window.
3. I Can’t Store Recycle Bins
Another reason cited by many apartment residents is the total unavailability of space for placing bins or other storage containers. While it is true that a lot of apartments in Boston can be quite small and limited, the city of Boston has given you another way out of this issue.
In many Boston neighborhoods, the use of clear plastic bags is not only allowed but you can even find these bags at many retailers in the neighborhoods. Do you live in any of these neighborhoods? If you live in the North End, South End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Charlestown, South Boston and East Boston or Roxbury (right side of Blue Hill outbound from Dudley to Seaver) and Jamaica Plain then your excuse just got wasted…again.
There is no reason for you not to recycle unless you don’t use anything that can be recycled. Since that is usually not possible, let’s face it, the only real reason why people avoid recycling is laziness. You owe it to yourself, your family and your community to contribute to making the Earth a healthier place.
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