Saturday is also known as “Dump Day” in our house. It’s the day when my hubby hauls our refuse and recyclables to the local transfer station (i.e. the dump”).
Going to the dump is a humbling experience. You realize how much stuff people throw away. When you see all the garbage, it motivates you to do what you can to reduce, reuse and recycle. We recycle far more now than when we lived in town… In town you just chuck stuff in the dumpster and it disappears. But at the dump, you can see (and smell) what everyone has chucked.
Recycling things also saves us a lot of money, too – we have to pay per garbage bag, but recycling is free. (And of course, we sell our aluminum cans!)
One website that can help you save money is Freecycle. Freecycle’s mission is to connect people who are looking to unload stuff with people who need stuff. Everything is free. There are thousands of local groups, and each group is moderated by a local community volunteer. It’s a great way to get rid of stuff and to find free stuff. Popular listings include baby items, pets and supplies, housewares, and furniture. Visit the website to find your community and sign up. You’ll help the environment and your wallet.