Monday, January 18, 2010

By Adriana Noton

Recycling in the city is nothing new, there is now just more of a focus on it. Remember the first time the blue buckets were handed out and everyone was laughing about them? Well people aren't laughing now as every city in America and every country around the globe is looking for better ways to make use of recycling.

A lot of city dwellers do not understand that if they recycle, they will directly benefit from it. The trash has to be put somewhere and if it is not recycled, it has to go into a landfill. The worst part about all of this is that the cities get charged a ton of cash to do this. Where does that money come from? Taxes, of course!

Landfills are not cheap to use and the costs of this far exceed those of recycling. A great example of how important junk removal is to cities is the program that Philadelphia recently unveiled. They are actually offering incentives to neighborhood residents that can pay as much as $240/yr if they hit their numbers. That is the equivalent of an insurance payment or filling the fridge for a month.

While tax benefits are one benefit, there is also usually significant federal money that can be lost if recycling numbers are not met by cities. The federal government continues to put restrictions on certain funding that will only be releases if cities and states use a certain amount or renewable energy and have effective garbage removal plans.

When it comes to the individual homeowner, they are very instrumental in making these plans work. One of the most important things is for the parents to get the kids into the habit of recycling. Use clearly marked containers and give them a reason to recycle. The more fun it is, the more likely they are to do it.

Once the kids are involved, it is time to look at the products that are coming into the home. Not only should people be buying things that can be recycled, but they should also be buying things that come from recycled goods. The more people buy these types of goods, the more likely the corporate world will fall into line.

Don't get the misconception that all companies are doing their part. There are plenty of industries that use recyclables in every aspect that they can, but there are still far too many televisions and computer companies that are not using these programs to the best of their abilities.

Recycling should be a part of everyone's life, but this is particularly true when it comes to city living. Because the amount of trash that is generated is so significant in cities such as Philadelphia, an aggressive recycling plan can make a huge impact on the environment. If you haven't started to take part in recycling yet, it is time to get on the bandwagon and get both the financial and economical benefits that can result from a successful program.

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