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Poll: Do you recycle in your home or workplace?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you recycle in your home or workplace?".

This poll was originally submitted by Monika Jakacka

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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Unfortunately not everything Jun 27, 2009

But we recycle in my household glass, plastic and paper, to some extend also metal.

Cheers
Stanislaw


 

Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Jun 27, 2009

We have some basic recycling here in Brazil -- paper, plastic containers, cans, etc. I admit I'm a bit of a fanatic about it, also about conserving water. I obsess about how much water people let go down the drain when they brush their teeth with the faucet running. Stop it! Stop it!icon_biggrin.gif (seriously)

 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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yes Jun 27, 2009

i recycle a lot of my household stuff, glass, cans, plastic, paper, etc. I do a lot of printing of course, and recycle all paper. I would recycle more if i could!

 

Maria Drangel  Identity Verified
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Yes Jun 27, 2009

I am the queen of recyclingicon_wink.gif

Since several years I recycle almost 100 % of the plastic, paper, metal, glass BUT when reading what was written previously by a collegue I do admit that I am not so good at preserving water. I guess it comes from living in a country were we get a lot more rain than we need.


 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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Isn't that what CAT tools are all about? Jun 28, 2009

In all seriousness, I have a couple of recycling containers in my office.

 

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
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No Jun 28, 2009

There's not a single recycling programme here in Peru. I was constantly remembered when living in The Netherlands what to throw where. Drives you crazy when you are not accustomed! But hopefully it was for a good cause. Nothing similar here where I live now...

 

Christina Paiva  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Jun 28, 2009

I live and work on a tiny farm (we call it sítio) in a region where grains were the main crop (especially beans). Now most of the land is used to raise cattle and some of the farms were transformed in gated communitiesicon_frown.gif

It's the perfect place to be a recycler. I've been recycling for about 8 years - any material - from plastic to metal, I also try not buy things that are wrapped in cellophane or styrofoam - but candies are wrapped with those materials ...
There was a lady who collected the material, but she quit. Crisis has affected this business.. So now, I put away the material in 50L bags in this storage room, then I load my car to the top and drive them to the town nearby.

I also produce compost. There are many ways to do this, but I just mix leftovers, egg shells, etc.. and any organic residues from the garden, grass, tree branches, leaves etc.. and water (rain water usually). Then I use the compost as fertilizer in the vegetable garden - no chemicals, no insecticides, lots of bugsicon_biggrin.gif Eating a fresh tomato, a carrot pulled out of the ground is priceless ...

When my family bought this property 20 years ago, there was pure water springs (in pt it is called olho d'agua - literally eye of water) and this 3 meter-deep fresh water well protected by a forest. Five years or so, the springs disappeared... It was a period when it didn't rain as much as it should. So I started growing native trees from seeds I'd collect wherever I spotted native speciesicon_smile.gif and planted more trees around the place where the well is. Water is precious!

This year the rain is back and the springs are back tooicon_biggrin.gif The birds going up north stop for shelter and fruits in the orchard. I'm glad to see that lots of species are back!

This is a tiny drop in the ocean of deforestation, air pollution.. But if each one of us do what we can, I believe that together we are protecting earth!


 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
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Definitely! Jun 28, 2009

Yes, I recycle whatever I can - I suppose I'm a bit fanatical about it too. I'm a keen gardener, so I have two water butts at home to collect water (and one at my allotment) and I save water from washing up or when I'm running the tap for hot water and use that on my garden too. It's become second nature now, but it was an effort at first to get my teenage boys to do it too! I compost all food and garden waste and recycle all the packaging - metal, plastic, glass, paper and card - that my local dump will take. Unfortunately we don't have a kerbside collection for recycling here as we're a rural community, but we have been promised one soon. In the meantime I have a fortnightly trip to the dump, fortunately not far. I also use the Freecycle website to dispose of things which I don't need any more, but which might still be useful to others, rather than just sending them to landfill. I've found homes for my old sofa, desk, fax machine, printer, children's outgrown clothes, spare strawberry runners.... as well as sourcing rhubarb plants for my allotment - gives me a nice virtuous glow!

Workwise, I print on both sides of the paper, then compost the shreddings of sensitive documents. I try and print as little as I can, by having a second monitor for reference documents, but I find I can only proof-read effectively on paper, not on screen.

Last but not least, I try and use the local library rather than buying new books, much as I adore them. I've discovered that I can reserve the latest titles online for a very small fee, so it's a very efficient way of getting the latest books without spending a fortune and must be more environment-friendly at the same time - sorry, authors...!

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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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Yes, but mostly I avoid having to Jun 28, 2009

I recycle everything I can, but I also try to avoid bringing home stuff that ends up in the bin, recycled or otherwise.

For years I've always thought twice about buying "plastic" as opposed to "natural" stuff, for the kitchen, for example. I don't do the rule to death, but I've simply the habit of asking myself where that will end up 5 years from now.

I also try and remember hidden costs to the environment, for example, when buying stuff imported from abroad or far away, and try and choose local products instead.

I go to a local food market and bring home, in a basket, the week's supply (almost) of food with (almost) no packaging. It drives me mad to see how everything is packaged once, twice, three times over in supermarkets, and I really feel that rather than continue pushing the recycling chore entirely onto consumers, companies should be obliged to be more responsible about how they package. I really think it's time that companies took a hand in terms of responsibility to the environment. There's only so much we consumers can do to deal with the mountains of waste put our way.

http://www.frif.com/new2007/waste.html
http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=-3058533428492266222&ei=MBY2SsqvMYeD-QajzMyjCQ&q=waist=food&hl=es&client=firefox-a




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Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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Don't use, reuse, recycle Jun 28, 2009

These are the mottos to live by ... I'm a bit fanatical, although no saint either, and I do find it very difficult even to chuck things in the various recycling bins, just in case I could find a further use for them first - hence the horrific state of my garage.

I don't think I've ever not been a follower of these mottos: perhaps because I'm old enough to remember when we weren't always given free carrier bags with our shopping,and a large number of things were sold by weight in paper bags. I was an avid reader of Which? magazine in the UK as a teenager, and they've always campaigned against excess packaging (see Lia Fail's comments, to which I say a hearty "hear hear").

I was also brought up in a rambling house without central heating in damp rural UK, so have long learnt the value of putting on another pair of socks or another sweater - and continue to do so at my now home rather than bump the heating up. It drives me crazy when I walk into any government office in Spain in winter and see people working there in short sleeves.

I've said that I'm a bit fanatical, but I do try also to keep myself from being intolerable - at work I encourage colleagues to throw things away when I'm not looking! My lifestyle doesn't lend itself to being the perfect environmental protector, and being green is more time-consuming these days than not, with the way society runs here, but I try to keep good habits. I have a schoolfriend who lists her occupation in the "Alumnae magazine" as "eco-warrior" (such a quiet one she was at school, more power to her elbow now!). I could hardly be described as such, but every little DOES help.

Just a short comment now about a couple of things which get to me, for people to think about:

My kids have to take a mid-morning snack to school, and I try to avoid buying small packs of things (juice, biscuits etc), and put what I do prepare into cloth bags which I made during my "earth-mother" phase (that didn't last long - no time!). My kids just hate me for this. That said, and with ref to the above "no saint" comment, that attitude is mightily ignored when we're on a long journey, and the car fills up with packaging as I distract the children with constant small treats, and wait to see a recycling bin (and yes, I know we should be travelling my train or, best of all, not at all).

And I hate the attitude around where I live (central Spain) which means that everything has to be brand new. I'm delighted to receive hand-me-downs, and devote time to patching and mending those frequent rips, whilst muttering about how clothes are no longer made to last. It should also be said that when I was a full-time EFL teacher, all my students understood the meaning of the word "scruffy"...



btw, I realise that I've gone somewhat beyond the remit of the original question, but I'm sure you'll forgive me. Thanks for asking this question Monika, and for giving me a chance for a little rant on one of my favourite topics!icon_wink.gif Noni


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Air conditioning Jun 28, 2009

aceavila - Noni wrote:

I was also brought up in a rambling house without central heating in damp rural UK, so have long learnt the value of putting on another pair of socks or another sweater - and continue to do so at my now home rather than bump the heating up. It drives me crazy when I walk into any government office in Spain in winter and see people working there in short sleeves.



This reminds me of another thing that bugs me no end, and that's the excessive use of air conditioning, both public and private. It irks me that I have to carry a sweater around in the heat of summer because every bus, movie theater, store, etc. is air-conditioned to bone-chilling temperatures. I have never owned an air conditioner and never will. Ceiling fans are fine with me.


 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Yes Jun 28, 2009

I recycle paper mainly.

I always use both sides of paper when printing. I use the very old clothes to make swabs for the cleaning processes of floor and windows.

The only toilet paper I buy is for people who visit me because I use 2 or 3 both-sides printed paper.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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Recycling is good - Lies are bad Jun 28, 2009

"For each ton of recycled paper we save 17 trees." (From Wikipedia in Spanish)

This is one of the typical twisted statements (or lies, if you like) about recycling. But as they say, a lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth, and we see in many emails statements like "Don't print me unless it is necessary!" (does anybody print anything that is unnecessary??) and similar calculations of how many trees you save by recycling, etc. etc.

Statements like the above has provided lots of laughs, enjoyment, and jaw pain to paper experts all over the world, as for many decades new paper pulp is only made with planted trees. The reason is simple: cost-effective production methods require a very tuned process which is only possible by using a single species of trees, all of the same age and stem thickness. It is a well-known fact (well, maybe not so well-known) that paper plant plantations are mostly planted where only grass has existed for centuries.

Statements like the above are only pulp manufacturers' fault for not explaining things properly... of maybe our fault for believing everything environmental lobbies and groups have to say, without listening to anybody else. Greenpeace is always good, paper manufacturers are always bad. We like to keep our lives simple! I don't blame anyone for believing simple blunt statements! I hope however that you, translators, informed people, try to inform yourselves about the truths of modern papermaking.

I am all for paper recycling, specially because paper is not only made of wood fibre but contains lots of fillers which can be recovered and reused, for instance in the pottery industry. Paper can also be composted. But let's just remember that recycling paper also produces toxic chemicals and has a big carbon footprint in transportation and the power needed at the plant, whereas pulp manufacturers plant 12-14 times the trees they need in a year and in fact don't need energy from outside: they even deliver energy recovered from unused wood and gases.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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Awful home designs Jun 28, 2009

Amy Duncan wrote:
This reminds me of another thing that bugs me no end, and that's the excessive use of air conditioning, both public and private. It irks me that I have to carry a sweater around in the heat of summer because every bus, movie theater, store, etc. is air-conditioned to bone-chilling temperatures. I have never owned an air conditioner and never will. Ceiling fans are fine with me.

Indeed: we are all crazy about recycling everything, but when the moment comes to design our homes we rarely mind about orientation (which is vital for energy efficiency), garden design rarely considers the use of trees and shades instead of air conditioning in the house, we are always short in thermal isolation, etc. etc. But of course we have good old recycling to keep our peace of mind!icon_smile.gif


 
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