In chapter 8 of Hull’s book Infinite Nature he mentions that many people don’t want to spend the extra money to recycle or buy high efficiency things and the like. This got me thinking about my own household. I still live at home right now and my parents do not currently recycle here at home. We never have either. My parents have always said that they don’t want to spend the extra money on recycling and that if the company wants us to recycle that it should not be as expensive.
After reading this section in the book I was curious as to exactly how much extra it is to have a recycle bin along with the normal trash bin (for curbside pick-up). I got on Waste Management’s website, but you have to actually get a quote in order to see how much it would cost. Googling recycling in Wichita also does not lead to any prices either or really any further information. In fact, the only thing I found was locations that collect recycled materials. Does anyone on here recycle? Is it really that expensive? Is it costly to go somewhere and drop off recycled materials? As I’m about to get married and move out on my own, I would love to do whatever I can to help the environment. Obviously, recycling is a huge part of this. That being said, if it really is more costly I don’t know if we’ll have the means to pay for it. Sure, my family recycles other things such as computers, ink cartridges and stuff like that, but I wish we would recycle stuff like plastic, cans, paper, etc. If it really is quite costly, maybe dropping prices would make more people recycle? Personally, I don’t know many households who actually do recycle. What do you think?