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Consistent and conscientious recycling will eventually lead to seeing fewer and fewer sights such as this on city streets.

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Consistent and conscientious recycling will eventually lead to seeing fewer and fewer sights such as this on city streets. Photo Store

In 2012, when I first came upon the Recycle Everywhere advertisements, I thought bringing awareness to recycling would be a great step towards getting the abandoned Slurpee cups off my front lawn and into somewhere more suitable.

As the Recycle Everywhere message became more omnipresent, recycling bins began appearing in schools, malls, and more public places then ever before.

I began to wonder:

How many of us are recycling-do-gooders in public but, in private, won’t even bother to throw the newspaper they are reading in the blue bin?

Recycling is a complete and utter mystery to most and can seem like a waste of time but I promise the only thing being wasted is the potential of your household goods (according to simplyrecycle.ca, more half of them can be recycled).

So here are some reminders of a few ways you can jump on the recycling bandwagon:

• Since we are now using the cart system for garbage and recycling collection, you actually have the option to get a second or larger recycling cart for a one-time rental fee. Switching the standard 240L cart to a 360L cart will only set you back $15! Call 311 to upgrade.

• For other materials, such as broken electronics, batteries, fluorescent lights or expired medication, you can easily find a suitable collection site by going to recyclemanitoba.ca

• In areas of your home where you have the most waste — such as the bathroom, office or kitchen — add a small bin in addition to your wastebasket, so when it comes time to dispose of an item, you are immediately reminded that you have the option to recycle it.

• Plastic bags are an important area of focus for the Manitoba government and it has set a goal of cutting usage of single-use plastic bags by 50%. Aside from using a reusable cloth bag, you can also return your plastic bags at a number of retailers listed at simplyrecycle.ca
So don’t forget — while you are walking around enjoying the weather and drinking, or eating, something to cool down —to find an appropriate place to toss it.

Not on someone’s front lawn.

Raegan Hedley is a community correspondent for St. James.

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