Literally about Recycling.

The last two weeks have been all about moving from way-too-close-to-the-university, Columbus, OH to Dublin, OH. It’s only a 20 minute drive (which should only be a 10 minute drive, but everything near Columbus takes 20 minutes. Thank you, traffic) but it’s a world away with quiet streets, local food (as opposed to chains restaurants and fast food), and a larger apartment. My boyfriend and I are really happy here, it’s nice to have something you’re proud of and want to care for.

In moving, we made sure to get rid of things that we didn’t need anymore, so we donated clothing, recycled old electronics and unnecessary files, and overall got rid of some of the clutter in our life. We’re not the only ones, as it is the season for moving, but I’ve been sad to find so many things simply thrown away.

I’ve always been very earth-conscious, out of both a love for our planet and the anxiety behind the idea of not having a planet to live on anymore. As a child living in NY, we had a very large recycling program and were taught at a young age how to sort the trash into true trash, compost, and recycling. At the end of the day, there’s very little trash left at all. When I moved to Ohio, I noticed that apartment complexes very rarely offered recycling services and while hubs can be found around the city, few are easily accessible. So people throw it all away – paper, plastic, food scraps, old furniture, old appliances – all into the large metal containers behind the complex. While I don’t yet have a plan for how to potentially change this habit, it horrifies me to realize that not everyone treats the planet the way that I was raised to. If this is how the majority treats it, it’s easy to understand how the planet is so endangered by the human race and that’s something to truly fear.


One thought on “Literally about Recycling.

  1. This summer, I’ve spent a lot of time with diverse people with ideas different than my own. Different geography, different cultures, and different experiences.

    Someone gave me the advice that it’s hard to judge someone else using your own set of standards. For example, one guy I know does a lot of work with the poor in Mexico. When he crosses the border, he often gets a lot of flack because there are certainly poor in the United States who need help also. Another might say: why help the poor? They can help themselves. Instead, you should help shelter animals who can’t help themselves. What this does, though, is let you know this guy is passionate the poor in the US. It doesn’t mean the other guy is wrong for going to Mexico.

    You need all types of people, and everyone is passionate about something. It is certainly anxiety inducing to try to save the whales, think about the children, and all the other causes, because you can’t give 100% too all of them. For you, recycling is easy because it is a habit you don’t have to think very hard about doing. For the people in Ohio, it has not been engrained.

    It may be helpful to ask people and get to learn what they are passionate about. Some people don’t know yet, and you can help them find it. In a good conversation, as I’ve had a lot this summer with different people with different views, you get a chance to learn, and maybe you also get a chance to share and can teach someone about recycling.

    Just my thoughts!


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