Saturday, March 9, 2013

Part 3 of Eco-living and staying cheap

what? give up my granite counter-tops for that?

So far we are finding out, that most of the ECO-living requirements, we have already been doing for years! Don't you feel better now, knowing that your carbon-footprint might be smaller than you think?

  • Sort your trash according to local recycling laws; try to compost organic matter and yard waste, and purchase recycled products to support the industry.
In my area, you pretty much have to - it's the LAW. and they will fine you once and after that if you continue to not follow the rules, they won't pick up your trash anymore. Which when you think about it, that is not a smart thing. I would imagine, some people might be inclined to just dump their garbage and old sofas to the side of the road. 
  • If curbside recycling hasn’t reached your area yet, call your municipality to find the nearest location of your nearest receptacles.
 Wow - I thought curbside recycling was everywhere these days!
  • Recycle old clothing and other unwanted items through yard sales. What does not sell, donate to a local charity.
We do that already - probably more than those who brag, that they live a Eco-friendly lifestyle. 
  • Recycle old motor oil and antifreeze at gas stations that have the facilities.
We do that too.


Don't let those mommies at the park talk down to you and make you feel like you are a no-body because they assume, you are not living quite up to their standards.  In all actuality, you could probably show them a thing or two about how to live "sustainably" without really trying.  Us frugal and cheap folk, have been doing many of these things for years - probably before any of them, were even born!

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  1. In Chicagoland, we had those trash bins on wheels for recycling. It was mandatory. In SW Michigan, it is voluntary and we use ridiculous bins that you have to carry for recycling. My neighbor is in his seventies, does not use a bin, probably because he can't lift one. They are an ergonomic disaster.

    1. I'm sorry I meant to comment - its THE LAW here in California. We have these gigantic bins on wheels. Yep I remember the aluminum cans I would drag out to the curb years ago...I wore out the bottom of them. They would leak smelly brown stuff all over the sidewalk. Yuck.

  2. Where we live now, they accept so much more material or recycling than where we previously where -- and you don't have to sort it either. If towns made it easy for you to recycle, more people would do it!

    One other option to mention with metal items is a scrap yard. You will get cash back. When I lived in the city, if I put out anything metal, scavengers would take it and sell it as scrap. In the town where we live now, garbage picking is against the law and pickers get fined. But they will pick it up. Scrap yards are a way you can make a couple of bucks. Old electric wires are accepted, computer equipment (except monitors).

    1. In my town they are having a problem with people stealing AC units on top of houses and businesses, for the cooper wiring.