I'm from Oregon, so I have a bit of a green streak. When I lived at home, it was easy to feel like I was being a good citizen of Planet Earth, because we had great curbside recycling service. We could recycle the usual cardboard and milk bottles, but they also picked up stranger things like scrap metal and used motor oil. Our family usually had more recycling than rubbish on refuse removal day, and that doesn't even count the yard debris recycling bins. Life was quite idyllic.
The honeymoon ended quite abruptly when I moved to Provo. Apparently they hand out recycling service in alphabetical order, and Portland used up so much recycling service that there was none left by the time they got down to Provo. As a result, I've felt like a sinner for the past several years. Every time I throw a can in the trash or toss a piece of paper, I feel a little guilty. There's pretty decent recycling service on campus, but the only place to get rid of waste at home is the despicable dumpster.
As penance, I've been helping my friend Ashley in her quest to get recycling service at our apartment complex. Right now there's a trash can by the mailboxes, and it fills up with paper every week. Ashley wanted to replace it with a recycle bin. I thought that was a great idea, so I decided to help her make it happen.
Well, it happened—or it will soon, anyway.
We can't actually take much of the credit. I emailed One Man's Trash to ask them where you take stuff to recycle in Provo, thinking that we'd just put our own bin out and then haul it off every so often. However, they emailed me back and said that they were planning to start providing recycling service at our apartment complex early next year. That was easy!
There will be a free recycle bin by the mailboxes, and there will be optional doorside collection service for $8/month per apartment (less than $2/person). I'd definitely sign up, if I weren't moving out soon.
I feel a little better now.