I pick up after my dog by using plastic bags from stores. I reuse and reuse bags when I go shopping, but when I have groceries delivered and they use plastic, or when I’m running low, I get new ones, and I pick up after the dog, then throw them away.
Even worse, though, sometimes we don’t drive the recycling in.
We live in an apartment, and our complex just has trash pick-up, no recycling, so we separate our stuff, and haul it to the recycling center ourselves. Once in a while, we’re short on time, and we’re got people coming over, or, because we also reuse, and buy in smart packaging to begin with, there just isn’t a lot of it-- not to justify the very long drive to the recycling center-- it’s a 90 minutes ordeal, dropping it off, even when it isn’t crowded-- we just take it and throw it out.
Yes, we are that terrible.
We have asked our landlord to haul recycling, and he won’t; we have supported statutes to make it mandatory, and they haven’t even gotten a hearing. We have supported candidates who promised to push for making it mandatory for landlords, but is still isn’t getting done.
There have been times I’ve taken a few glass bottles or aluminum cans into work, and put them in the recycling containers when no one is looking.
If you have recycling pick-up curbside, count your blessings.