This past weekend I had a friend visiting from out of town, and as such we ended up playing tourist here in downtown Denver. One thing I noticed, however, is that there are not any recycling bins around the tourist areas – only trash cans full to the brim with both trash and recyclables alike. When we ended up with an empty coffee cup and juice cup, we had two choices – dump them in the trash or carry them with us until we got back to my house where we could put them in the recycling bin. We chose the latter, for obvious reasons. Cities really need to get with the program and provide recycling bins on every corner just like trash bins are if they expect to see a reduction in their overall waste stream. If you are ever out and about and end up with some waste that can be recycled, just Do One Thing and bring it home with you and responsibly dispose of it – the environment will thank you!
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