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Are You Recycling the Right Way?

I Had Not Been Until Recently When I Read Instructions

by Joanne Troppello


Let me begin this article by mentioning that I am not a tree-hugger. Of course, in today’s world that is filled with snowflakes, there will be people who won’t like that I used the word “tree-hugger”. News flash—that won’t bother me in the least bit.


However, I am a Gen-Xer (80’s child) and had the phrase, “reduce, reuse, and recycle” burned into my brain through infomercials and messages given to students in school. This phrase originated in the 1970’s when environmental consciousness began to become more popular.


I grew up learning to be a recycler. I’m not a crazy radical environmentalist that believes in global warming and wants the Government to enact all kinds of regulations on individuals and businesses all in the name of protecting the earth.


Doing Your Part


As mentioned, I grew up learning to recycle and I continue to do that as an adult. Many townships have local ordinances regarding recycling and issue fees for improper recycling after a first offense or warning.


Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. – Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)

Obviously, the word recycling is not specifically used in the Bible. However, I do believe that God wants His people to be good stewards of not only their money, but also the earth and their impact on it. Again, I want to be a good steward and do my part. I just think it’s wrong that the liberal agenda in Congress and the Globalist agenda in the world is to push regulations upon the people they govern. Yet, they continue to live by double standards—do as I say and not as I do—jet setting around in private planes while espousing their climate agenda.


So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it. – Numbers 35:33 (NKJV)

I believe the entire Bible, both the New and Old Testaments. Yes, as Christians, we are not under the law like the Israelites, but live in freedom through Christ. Yet, this verse still shows that God did not want His people to pollute the land.


I believe everything should be done in balance. I live in Pennsylvania and statewide recycling began in 1988 (when I was 14) with the Municipal Waste Planning Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (ACT 101) “which requires larger municipalities to recycle. With more than 11.6 million PA residents, approximately 94% of the state’s population have access to recycling.” You should check with your local municipality or with the company that picks up your recycling to ascertain information on how to recycle and any guides that they have available.


Example of What I Learned


I have been recycling for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I started checking municipal recycling guidelines and actually started reading labels on the product containers that I was recycling.


Now, I’ve always been good about thoroughly rinsing containers since we keep the recycling in a bin in our kitchen and put it in the larger recycling bin outside every two days. I don’t want our kitchen to smell bad due to tossing uncleaned containers in the bin, or for the outside bin to be dirty and attract insects and other animals near the house where the bin is located outside on our driveway.


However, I was not putting items in the bin the right way. I eat organic yogurt everyday and add granola and fruit to it. When I finished the yogurt in the container, I rinsed it, then noticed that the label needs to be removed from the tub or it is not able to be recycled. Of course, I was already throwing away the seal when I opened the container the first time, and I’ve always rinsed it, and replaced the lid.


I guess there have been a lot of containers I’ve been recycling the wrong way over the years. Now, I’m not sure if those containers (that I didn’t follow directions accurately for) weren’t actually recycled. I think that there is a high probability that they weren’t. So, what was the point. My efforts didn’t even result in everything being recycled.


Now I know. Now I read labels correctly and make sure that every container is put inside our recycling bin the right way. Every little bit counts. Just don’t get me started on the Liberal and Globalist Green Agenda. That’s a topic for another day since I don’t want to raise my blood pressure discussing that right now.


Do you recycle? Have you been reading the labels to ensure that you are recycling the right way?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.



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