(the French word for recycling.)


We have been nagging our super for a long time now to get a recycling program going in our building. There is just so much waste. Periodically the boys would mention something to him too.


Today two lovely young ladies knocked on my door, and volunteered to explain recycling to me, and told me that there is now a recycling initiative in the building. I was excited, I told them it was about time, that my kids would be thrilled etc. It was as if the sun shone through the clouds at that moment. These students (they didn’t look a day over 17) were feeling so downtrodden by the time they got to my door. I am on the ninth floor in a building of about 180 apartments where the majority of tenants are over the age of 65. Apparently most of the tenants had slammed doors in their faces. It was heartening to them to know that they at least had one family on board.


We were each provided with a recycle bag that we can use to transport the stuff to the recycle bins that are in the garages. I can practically guarantee that my kids are now going to fight over who gets to take the recycling down. But I love that they are into it, that it is important to them.

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  1. Ari says:

    Surprised that Montreal doesn’t already have a mandatory program for apartment dwellers. Canada is usually way more progressive than the US. Yet, New York and environs have had such a program for years…

  2. Z! says:

    OMG! The sanitation people in NYC are MANIACS for RECYCLING! They LOVE to give out tickets if they find non-recyclables mixed with regular garbage. We have to provide seperate bins for paper/carboard, glass/plastic/metal, and regular garbage.
    I am not a “good” recycler and I do not believe in global warming.
    That being said, I do believe that the amount of waste created is a total disgusting shame. I try to use containers over and over again as much as possible. I cook in my pots instead of throw away containers, and wash dishes.
    R often doesn’t understand why I would choose to wash a dish instead of using plastic throw away, or aluminum pans instead of my cooking pots and pans. But, I recognize that plastics are dangerous.

    There is too much stuff in our “throw away” world.

  3. hadassahsabo says:

    how much is a ticket?

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