How To Recycle? A Comprehensive Guide, Sort Of

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Building on the last blogpost What is a Circular Economy, that highlighted The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who proposes a new plastics economy, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution, this post is also about recycling and what actually goes into our blue bin at home and what's not.

The Problem

If you google 'how to recycle' you want to pull your hair out because it’s made so complicated and confusing. I have been meaning to write about this for months but even dealing with and researching the issue gives me a headache.

For example in Los Angeles alone, it changes from city to city what goes into the recycling bin. The City of Santa Monica varies slightly from West Hollywood as well as Los Angeles. I mean really???

The best option is to find out who your waste management company is and follow their guidelines, or look up the rules on your local .gov website to find out what exactly goes in your blue bin. I wished I could deliver you a “one size fits all” but unfortunately there is no such thing when it comes to recycling in America. However, I’ll do my best here to bring a little bit more clarity. <