Monday, March 22, 2010

Blue Monday - Recycle

It's Blue Monday! To participate: just click here for BLUE MONDAY INSTRUCTIONS or check out the instructions in my sidebar.

Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment. I love comments too, so please remember to leave me a comment.

I probably should be ashamed to admit it, but I've never recycled before. It was a bit confusing. We didn't have any separate containers and would have had to cart our recycibles to the designated location, about a ten-minute drive.

However, in our new home, we were given two recycling bins from the county: one green for plastics and one blue for papers. Empty water bottles go into the green bin, but little else because I refuse to waste water by rinsing out other plastics. We live in a state with a drought, and water costs $$.

Since we get the newspaper each day, we seem to fill up the blue bin more quickly.

Isn't it fun to help the environment with such a pretty color? Do you recycle?

Most people on our block recycle. This is our offering for this past Friday's pickup.

Happy Blue Monday!
P.S. Please forgive me for getting Mr. Linky up so late!

Blue Monday Participants
1. Christine
2. Rinkly Rimes
3. LaVoice
4. Lana G!
5. Kathy
6. Rach @ No Slippy Hair Clippy
7. Candy@The Little Round Table
8. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
9. Sara Chapman, Seattle USA
10. ...Molly's Country Memories
11. lazyclick, India
12. Pie
13. mizhelle
14. Riet, Holland
15. Milla
16. Kids and Me
17. Dayle
18. Annas Adornments, Sweden
19. Siromade Australia
20. Irene Photography, Norway
21. Purple Goat Lady
22. Tj
23. Shannara, Sweden
24. Lola @ The Johnson & Lola DIaries
25. Coffeedoff UK
26. gengen
27. hip chick
28. Min Fotodagbok Sweden
30. Clara
31. Charlotte
32. Vintage Rose Studio
33. Eden, Australia
34. Coralie @ A Vintage Cottage Home
35. Gena @ Thinking Aloud
36. Inspired Living Spaces
37. Linderhof
39. Natasha's relaxing weekend.
40. Homemaking In High Heels
41. Joan @ Applejack Lane
42. Give-away at My Painting Room
43. Beverly
44. LUNA
45. Debbie-Dabble -A Bit of Easter and other things
46. margene
47. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
48. Karen@Elsie Eleanor Designs
49. Becky K
50. Black eyed Susan's kitchen
51. Judi @ Cranberryblossom
52. Rose
53. la maison LaFortune
54. Cindy @ Fairy Tale Cottage
55. ellen b -
56. Tracy F.
57. Hagemor-Norway-Fotosafari
58. hapzydeco
59. sylvia extra from villa extra
60. Ann @ Tin and Sparkle
61. Yoli ~ Apron Senorita
62. Cindy @ Applestone Cottage
63. Spring Party and tutorial by Frenchy
64. Treasures from the Heart
65. Mary@OnePerfectBite
66. Chari @Happy To Design
67. susan@thoughtsfromovertherainbow
68. Ms. Sharlotte's
69. Manang Kim, USA
70. DeniseMarie
71. Mary @ Vintage Comfort
72. DB@ranchdressing
73. Transferware
74. Race@Wahm's Cozy Corner
75. Maria's Space
76. Shy@Milestones
77. Reach Beyond Limits
78. Myrna @ My Enchanted Home
79. Lindy MacDuff
80. louie
81. Hedwig, Sweden
82. Jane in AUSTRALIA
83. Carrie @ Cottage Cozy
84. Cacai M.
85. Joy- Books and Life
86. lightbluelife,taiwan
87. Nancy
88. Dhemz
89. Dias Spot
90. Carly's Photography

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Rinkly Rimes said...

Yes recycling's part of our lives too, but we haven't got water restrictions, thank goodness.The bin is a lovely blue, anyway.

♥ Kathy said...

We have a recycling dumpster to take all our paper too and we take our cans to the aluminum plant...Happy Blue Monday Sally!

Miss. Clippy said...

Yup! We only have one earth so we should take care of it! :) Have you heard of Earth Hour? On March 27, turn off all your lights from 8:30-9:30PM. Join the world in conserving energy! Happy Blue Monday everyone! My Blue Monday's here!


Sara Chapman said...

Good for you for finally doing the recycling thing. It feels good, doesn't it, to keep all that stuff out of the landfill and help conserve resources? Love the blue bin!

maria said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally!

Mine's here.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!!

Unknown said...

Lovely blue colour on that plastic bin! Yes, recycling is a part of our lives here in Sweden too.

But since we have a wood-burning stove in the country, we can burn a lot of paper and keep warm at the same time.

My post is about the change of the weather and season.

Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

Lola said...

A very Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

XOXO LOLA & Nora:)

Coffeedoff said...

Great idea for blue photo! We recycle over here too!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Our recycling bin looks exactly the same! Except of course it doesn't say Hills....county. We go by towns here.

bj said...

Happiest Blue Monday, Sally.
xo bj

Charlotte said...

Happy Blue Monday! This is my first visit and I am so excited. I live in the country so we are not required to use recycling bins, but doesn't mean we don't recycle.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Recyling is the only way to go! Go green! Oh...wait, in this case, go blue! Happy BLUE MONDAY! Coralie

Natasha in Oz said...

Recycling is quite big in Australia and my kids are quite diligent with it. I am so glad that it will be second nature for this younger generation to recycle.

Thanks for having me this week Sally and best wishes for a lovely week,

Gwendolen Elaine said...

I remember teaching my kids to look for the triangle on the bottom of plastics... they were so proud when they were the ones to find it and stick it in the bin.We lived in a city then and recycling was easier,curbside pickup,etc.We live out in the country's a little more time-consuming...but so worth it!!! Happy Blues,Sally:)

Beverly said...

We've been recycling for at least 30 years, and I do agree that it is a wonderful cause.

We can recycle plastics, cans, cardboard, glass and paper. We used to be provided separate bins similar to what you have, but now they provide a very large container with wheels that you put on your curb for pickup every two weeks. Ours is full every time.

Luna said...

Happy Blue Monday!
Blue is a nice colour!
Best wishes...Luna

Dale said...

Hi. I just found your blog...I'm excited to participate in Blue soon as I think of something blue... :)

We have a nifty recycling system in the county where we live. The trash people give us two receptacles - one for garbage, one for recyclables. We don't have to sort the recyclables at all...just dump it all in together. It makes it so much easier to be Earth conscious!

margene said...

Yay! for recycling and everyone should be taught the good things about recycling goods. Nice one!

Glo said...

Your pretty blue recycling bin looks great against the backdrop of the sunshine!

Happy Blue Monday!

Becky K. said...

We don't get the paper because of how quickly it stacks up...but I think as much as that it is a time issue. I don't have time to read it as I would like. headlines and News channels keep me up to date.

Happy recycling!

Becky K.

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally. Yes, we recycle but it nothing organized. I do not have containers and 'no' pick up is the way it is in the mountains. We drive 14 miles to the garbage dumpsters and we take our garbage and recycle items there every time we drive to town. My recycles go in grocery bags and are stacked in the garage. Very messy but it is easier than dealing with bins that take up too much room in the car. I do love the idea of bins and maybe I will buy a nice blue one to put the bags in. It can then keep the garage neater. However, I confess that our garage is a nightmare of boxes etc, etc, etc. I need to call that TV show...CLEAN HOUSE for our garage. My house is always clean and neat though. HA!

Please let us know about your Dr. report Sally. I hope you are feeling well.
Prayers and hugs to you today and always.

Lana G! said...

Oh my goodness, your recycling bins are so small! We have huge trash can type bins here in the Pacific Northwest and yes Recycling is HUGE here! We have a small trash can for trash a bigger trash bin for recycle and a huge bin for yard waste.

Debbiedoos said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally!~ We used to have those blue recycle bins too in Florida. Now we have this huge garbage can, so recycling is made easier and done all the time:)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Hi Sally, This was such an interesting post. We actually get 3 newspapers a day during the week and 2 on the weekends. We have an excellent recycling program in our town. The containers are as big as our trash can, so they can accommodate lots of paper and cardboard as well as a separate one for cans, glass and plastic. We also compost. At first it was confusing, but now we think twice before we throw anything away. The Jersey Shore is so densely populated that it is really necessary to think these things through, just like your choice for how you use your us something to think about.
♥, Susan

Darlene said...

Sadly our town isn't concious about recycling. I don't even think there is anywhere to do it around this small town. I think it would be wonderful if we did.

Hope you are having a great Monday.♥

ellen b. said...

Good morning Sally! I'm with Lana G!...our cans are huge here in Wa. State. Big ugly dk. green cans. Happy Blue Monday to you...

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Monday, Sally! I haven't been participating lately because I have run out of blue and it's very late for me when Mister Linky is up for signing in.
I never would have thought of the blue bins! You don't miss a thing. Have a wonderful day.


Chubskulit Rose said...

Recycling is one great way to save mother earth, a good cause.

Here's my Blue Monday post, have a great week ahead!

LV said...

Yes, we have to recycle here as well. We used to have bins like yours, but now we have large ones on wheels. Our recycle bin is blue, trash one is brown. The city rules are very strict and they will fine you if you do not adhere to the them. We only have one pickup per week.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Thanks for hostessing Sally and Happy Blue Monday! Cindy

Ann said...

Recycling makes me feel like I'm really a good caretaker of what God has given us. It took our county until last year to offer recycling-we were behind everyone else. Our bins are not pretty blue like yours though.
Happy Blue Monday.

Loui♥ said...

I have always recycled in one way or another..mostly by reusing, or repurposing.
It is rather easy to fill the paper container..all the cardboard packaging on products, pizza boxes, magazines..the list is endless..
plastics are another issue..
soda bottles,deli containers..
(I keep a pan of water in the sink for rinsing these things)
we also put glass and metal cans in along with the plastics..
by the time trash pickup day arrives, there is very little "household stuff" and our recycling pickup is once a my wheeled ginormous cart is filled to the brim..
warmest hugs, laughing smiles..

squawmama said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally... We try to recycle as much as we can. Not always easy while traveling...Have a super MONDAY!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sally...

Eeeks...wished that I could say that we recycle, but we don't! However, we live way out in the country and these kind of services aren't offered! Hehe! I will say though...I hardly ever have plastic bottles and we don't get the newspaper! So really we are saving the environment in our "own little way"! Hehe!

Thank you so much for hosting Blue Monday for us, my friend! I enjoyed participating today!!!

Have a marvelous Blue Monday!
Chari @Happy To Design

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there dear Sally,

This is my second week participating with your delightful Blue Monday; thanks so much for hosting this delightful meme my dear!

What a lovely day to join in with Blue Monday, it's Spring..,yay!.., At long last the season has officially arrived, and the sun is shining!~ A good time to recycle and take care of our planet!..,

Cheers and hugs form Wanda Lee

Anonymous said...

About 10 or 15 years ago it became mandatory to recycle in our little town. We started out with those little bins like you use. Now, they're great big ol bins with lids on them. Blue for paper,glass, etc. Green for grass clippings, small branches and the like. And then there's gray for plain ol' trash. It's always the dirtiest bin :( They send 3 separate trucks by our house on trash day to pick up the different barrels and dump them. Can't be cost effective.
Happy Blue Monday, Sally~

D.B. said...

Glad to see we have a Blue Monday this week. Feeling better???

EJ said...

Recycling is great!

Better late than never, my Blue Monday, have a good day!

Regina said...

Hello Sally. I just want to say hello and hope you are doing fine.

Happy Blue Monday.
Enjoy the springtime.

Marice said...

cute! that will really makes recycling so much fun!

lazyclick said...

Wonderful shots. Recycling is need of the hour.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Recycling is a huge part of our lives... I don't even use my clothes dryer much --so save energy. We also don't use AC much--but we don't live in FL. We don't have a water problem --so we do recycle our plastics, our newspapers, and cardboard and soda cans... We are constantly trying to find ways to help the environment and preserve energy... We use reusable grocery bags... I could go on and on... Guess most of us can come up with all kinds of excuses NOT to recycle....

There aren't many folks on your street recycling, are there????

Musings of A Minister said...

Our bins are large and on wheels. We purchase our own small containers for in the house and then take them outside to the large container that goes to the curb. We put the green garbage container out once a week. The recycled material is picked up weekly but we only put ours out about once or maybe twice a month.

My name is Riet said...

we are happy to recycle too.

April said...

Yes, I've been a faithful recyler for years! :)

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

I don't recycle too, shame on me hehe.

Good thing yoru county is giving away recycle bin in each household, that makes easy to recylcel, just toss those stuff on the bin.

Hope you are feeling fine even it its drought.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Thanks for the reminder to take out my recycle bin, Sally..

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Great Blue Monday Post !I do some recycling , but I could do more .

Lindy said...

I agree with your reasoning for not recycling. I don't like wasting water, either. We have recycling available in our community but the company is VERY particular and limiting about what they allow you to put in the bins, so we do not recycle. I collect our magazines and old phone books and deposit them in the various recycle bins around the community.

Happy Blue Monday! (My post is finally up.)

susan said...

Sally-My son wrote a college paper on his mother's recycling!!! :)We have been recycling for years. It is really just like anything else--a habit. It is so very easy to do and might make a difference. Thanks for hosting the party and letting me join in!

Cacai M. said...

Hi Sally and all, you have a cool blue stuff for recycling.. cool!

Here's my entry: My Blue Monday

Have a fun Blue Monday! :)

joyh82 said...

It feels good to recycle, well at least I think so.. anyway we graduated to a huge toter that we get from the county we live in.
Happy Blue Monday!

Charlotte said...

Our recycle containers are the same size as the regular trash ones. In fact, they are just alike except they are different colors. Recycle ones are blue. We mostly recycle newpapers and magazines. We probably should quit taking the newspaper. Most of the magazines are passed on to us by our daughter. We also throw a lot of catalogs in there.
Happy Blue Monday.

I just noticed Clif already gave you this info. lol

Carly said...

We don't have curbside pick-up, but my wonderful hubby takes it to the place. What a great thing to promote, and perfect blue color!

Susan B said...

We've been recycling for many years. It's funny to me that my kids grew up with us recycling, but I still have to remind them of the things that go into the recycle bin...instead of the trash!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

FINALLY they are getting their act toether in our town about recyling!!
TY for the BLUE MONDAY link-up...I am now officially a participant :o)

Hugz, Nancy & the G-Dog

Eden said...

Hi, Sally!

Great Blue Monday post. We recycle here too. Happy Blue Monday

The Quintessential Magpie said...


I am on a borrowed computer and have only a minute to let you know that Jeanne told me that you have had surgery. Please know I am praying for you. I haven't had computer access for a while and won't for the rest of this week, but I am hooked up with you through prayers. Hope all went well and that you are feeling much, much better. I have some goodies for you! We missed you very, very much...

Love you,

Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy blue Monday Sally. I am thinking of you and praying that you recover quickly ♥

The Muse said...

I applaud you for taking time to care to do this recycling :)

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

It's so cool that your community makes it so easy to recycle. We started reading the newspaper online and I miss havin' it to use for many things around the Ponderosa. I use it under my mulch as a weed barrier, I roll it up to start fires in the fireplace, under muddy boots in the mud room. Yep, wish ya'll were closer 'cause it's become a rare commodity!

Have a fun day filled with blessings from above!!!