I have a confession that I’m about to make to you – I don’t recycle. There, I’ve said it and lightning hasn’t struck me … yet. I don’t know why recycling hasn’t caught on in our house. It’s not for a lack of effort by our daughter, Becca, who graduated almost two years ago from the University of the South with a degree in natural resources. Out of respect for her inclinations, we have made many efforts over the years.
I think we even managed to convince her for awhile. Whenever Becca would come home from college, we’d grab the plastic bin and place it under the sink in an effort to convince her we were composting. We were very diligent about it then; not an eggshell or banana peel, much less coffee grounds, could escape our pretend bin. As soon as she packed up her car and headed back to school, guess what we packed up?
At one point, we managed to build a decent compost pile in the backyard. But eventually, that heap met the same fate as my exercise and dieting efforts: abandonment.
My lack of sticktoitiveness is unparalleled, but now I am convinced that I need to keep trying.
I’m determined to make it stick this time. But composting? No thanks. That bin was lost in our move a few years ago. (Sorry, Becca, the secret is out now. I hope you won’t hold it against us. In fact, I think it just shows you how much we love and respect you!)
It’s not a secret that the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce is committed to guiding us in our efforts to Go Green. They provided us with some helpful tips you can find here, that will help you make Earth Day every day at your house.
Now pardon me while I get busy sorting …
Candi Hannigan, executive editor, Candi@aroundaboutmagazines.com