These days we’re bombarded with motivational messages about recycling. This is because the government and environmental groups are really trying to make recycling part of our culture – they want us to think green as well as act green because that’s crucial to the long term plan for sustainability.
The truth is that there are still some people out there who don’t think green. They act green on occasion but they still feel as if they are being forced rather than doing something completely off their own back. If you’re one of those people, then it’s probably a good idea to look at the fundamentals of why you should be recycling.
Don’t waste your taxes
The fact is that your taxes are paying for the recycling measures put in place by your local council. If you pay council tax then you are contributing to the recycling push in your area. If you don’t use your recycling bins and completely ignore the council’s efforts when it comes to green operations then you are pretty much throwing your money away. Just remember to stick it in the paper bin.
Don’t run risk of a fine
The council inevitably want to look after their investment in recycling. That’s way they enforce fines for people who routinely misuse their bins. If you consistently put the wrong waste in the wrong bins they you create a problem for someone else (although predominantly for yourself since workers may just leave your bins unemptied). As a result, they’ll hit you where it hurts – in the pocket.
Give your self-esteem a boost
Let’s look at this from a slightly different angle. People generally get a kick out of doing a good deed. It gives your self-esteem a boost. How many good causes can be reasonably contribute to from your own home without really putting in any extra effort? Not too many. However, you can be a good recycler and that makes you feel like you’re making a difference.
Make your life easier
Councils have pushed recycling so much that it’s now a lot easier to recycle than it is not to. You’ll notice that your recycling bins are bigger than your general waste bins and they are usually collected more frequently. That means it’s easier to separate your rubbish as it’s generated to avoid a backup. If your waste backs up then nobody else will do anything about it. It’ll be up to you to get it down to the landfill.
Look after your environment and your community
Isn’t there something to be said for acting more responsibly in your own community? Why would you want to waste the resources of your council, cause rubbish to back up so that it irritates your neighbours and generally undermine the good work of those around you? Recycling is definitely a community thing but on a larger scale it’s about keeping alive the dream of a sustainable future. This is a genuine situation in which you have to be part of the cure or else be part of the disease.