Recycling in Cody is no small task. We are situated far from everything which makes transporting recyclable products where they need to be in order to evolve into whatever they are destined to become, costly.
Nevertheless, we have recycling here. The City of Cody manages this program for our town and fortunately, provides an outlet for those with the wherewithall to go through the process. You can take your recyclables directly to the recycling center or to the bins placed in the Walmart and old Kmart parking lots for your recycling convenience.
We are able to recycle newspapers, magazines, office paper, aluminum and tin cans, corrugated cardboard and #1 and #2 plastics - not bad for a town located in the middle of nowhere.
There is no curbside pick up and you have to "keep 'em se-pa-rated" - not just lumping it all together, taking it to the street and waiting for it to magically disappear. You're going to have to work at it a little bit. I'm not talking back-breaking labor, just a little due-diligence combined with community consciousness.
And I know rinsing stuff out, separating and storing it is a pain. I live it. BUT, it's worth it to be able to be part of the effort to re-use products that would otherwise just go to the dump and lay in wake for some undetermined evolution in the far-distant future. While it seems we have infinite space around here to keep burying trash, the reality is - we do not. Besides, is trash what we really want to fill our beautiful, wide-open spaces with? I think not.
If you don't like bees and bugs swirling around the bins at the recycling center, you should go the distance and rinse out those soda bottles and cans. Get rid of the sugary goop! Not only will this help to reduce the swarms, it will also help curb the stench.
And how about throwing those water bottle caps away...and noticing whether or not you're putting #1 plastics in the #1 or the #2 bin? That's not too hard is it? (At least not if you have your readers with you! Make sure you do.)
After you do it a few times, it becomes rote. Then, your readers will no longer be required.
This PSA announcement compliments of Rene Huge