by Anne Mohoff,
Sunset Waste Systems
Writing a monthly column for Kings River Life Magazine has been a very exciting experience for me! I honestly don’t think there is a single person I’ve talked to in the past few months that I haven’t told about the online magazine and my articles. A few weeks ago, I was in Southern California visiting one of my sisters. Within a few hours of my arrival, I had my laptop up and running, the Kings River Life website up, and my most recent article open and ready for her to read: “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, and Rethink.”
For those of you who have never read my column before, June’s covered what I believed to be 15 of the most interesting and sometimes shocking recycling facts. My sister and I sat down in front of the computer and read the article together. She was most horrified by the number of plastic water bottles used in the US on a daily basis. (Americans use approximately 2,500,000 plastic water bottles every hour! Sadly, the majority of these bottles are not recycled and end up in our landfills.)
About two weeks later, I made another trip back to Southern California and again stayed with my sister and her family for the weekend. After unloading my luggage and settling in, my sister excitedly showed me her latest purchase. She had bought a special recycling can just for her kitchen, to be used for items such as water bottles, soda cans and any other recyclable drink containers. In the few weeks since my last visit, she had already begun rethinking and was so proud of the changes she had made! Plus, her new dedication to recycling was catching on with her sons and husband. I was so excited and proud to know that a small article I wrote was changing the habits of four people. Their progress makes me want to continue writing in the hopes of converting other California residents to recyclers!
As stated in this month’s title, I truly believe one person can make a difference to help preserve our environment. Even more people can start making a positive difference on our environment if that individual passes on the information they have obtained about recycling to another family member, friend or co-worker; potentially converting more and more people into recyclers too!
I encourage you to start a recycling program in your home. Share your thoughts or ideas with others. Every item we recycle, no matter how big or small, will make a difference! The changes we make now will effect our environment for generations to come!