Regarding recycling and simplifying my life.
I've started cleaning out storage, starting with the small unit. I've made 2 passes with the spouse's car (larger than mine) so far. One thing that I've been doing for probably 20 years is saving recyclables. About 15 years ago it became easier to recycle plastics in Ann Arbor, and I kept expecting Recycle Ann Arbor
to expand the types of plastic they collect (and indeed for a while they accepted #3
plastic) so I continued to save all types of plastic. I know their decisions are market-driven, but I expected the market to improve. (Of course, I also thought hypertext was too complicated to ever be useful!) And when I filled up the box I was saving them in, I moved it out to storage and started on the next box.
Now I find myself with a few boxes full of #3
, or #5
plastic, or #6
-non-styrofoam plastic. (Even I didn't gamble on anyone ever taking #7
"when other" category.) 7 or 8 years ago I'd gone web-hunting and found a place in Illinois that took all kinds of plastic, but when I tried to contact them to see if I could show up on their doorstep, preferably on a weekend, with a car full (not a truckload) I got no response, and I can't find them now.
So I am about to sadly (because it is a mark of defeat in some ways) start putting the contents of these "to be recycled" boxes out with the trash.
Next step is to learn about free-cycle. (If any-one reading this has a use for 6 somewhat rusty I'm-sure-steel rims, 4 with hub-caps, that came off of a 1972 Datsun 510 over 20 years ago when it was junked, you may save me from this fate.)