A couple of weeks ago, I was going through a stack of mail and realized that by the time I had tossed away the mailing envelopes along with the papers inside, all the “junk mail” fliers, and unrequested catalogs – my trash can was overflowing! Just from one day’s worth of mail. What a waste of trees! I decided to step up my recycling efforts to include the odds and ends from my mailbox.
I also decided to do a little experiment and not throw away any mail for one week. I went through my daily mail as usual, but instead of trashing the papers and envelopes I no longer needed, I kept it together in a box. Less than one week later, the box was overflowing:
And to think all this time I had been just throwing it all away instead of simply setting it aside to be recycled. I never realized just how much paper I was thoughtlessly discarding on a daily basis. It really adds up fast!
My simple solution to the problem? I now keep a recyclable cardboard box close to my mail. As I go through the mail, I put the pieces I don’t want into the box. Once the box is full, it’s all ready to be taken to the recycling bin. I have found that empty cereal boxes and shoe boxes are the perfect size for the job.
Do you recycle your discarded mail? Feel free to share your thoughts and tips about recycling around the house in the comments.