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February 2nd, 2003


When I was growing up, the entire idea of recycling things developed. It was one of those “new and radical” things that sounded like a great idea, and really made a lot of sense. Our town had a very simple recycling program: sort everything that can be recycled into the city-provided large, green bins. That’s it.

Once I moved out of my parents’ house, I was surprised to find that recycling programs vary so much from place to place. In Chicago, for instance, the Blue Bag program encourages separation of paper, plastic, and yard waste into special Blue Bags one can purchase at the store. But the odd thing is that this garbage goes in the same physical place as other garbage goes… and that confuses a lot of people.

Nevertheless, given that the city went and spent the time to set up a website detailing what happens, I’m assuming that recycling works. In any event, it feels better to know that I’m not contributing as much trash to the environment as I could be. Do you recycle, and what do you think of it?

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