Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bottles and Cans

A number of years ago, in an attempt to curb littering, the state of Michigan instituted a deposit/refund policy for bottles and cans. This was done after the citizenry voted overwhelmingly in the affirmative--and I was one of the voters that thought this was a great idea. I STILL think it's a great idea--until I walk into the mudroom/back entry of our house. O.M.G!!!!!!

A little background: K and I don't like bringing the cans/bottles back to the store. It isn't difficult--it just is time consuming. (I really wish they had home pick-up service for this. :D) These days, most of the stores have automatic bottle/can machines, so the consumer has to take care of everything his/herself. As I said, it isn't difficult and can be done in a fairly timely manner, unless it's the weekend after a big party at a college party-house--THAT can keep you away from the machines for a long, long time. I am absolutely OCD about the bottles--I wash each one before putting it away, so as not to attract bugs, so I don't have a mess to deal with while handling them. I put the cans into grocery bags in as organized a manner as possible--mostly to keep the number of bags to a minimum, but to also keep the room looking as good as possible. It is not working these days.

As of today, I have 11 grocery bags full of cans and bottles in my mudroom. The bags are behind the door and it is getting difficult to open it far enough to get in and out of the house. It doesn't look like K will be bringing any cans back any time soon. I guess this will be up to me to do. I can only hope that some organization comes around for a can/bottle drive within the next few days. I don't think that will happen. {sigh}

6 comments:

meleah rebeccah said...

wow. we have that too, but they come and pick UP our recycles from our house once a week.

cmk said...

Yes, we have curbside recycling, too, but I'm wanting curbside returnable bottle pickup. Never gonna happen, though. :D And really, considering I get ten cents back on every bottle/can I bring back, you would think I wouldn't hesitate to do the damn job and just BRING THEM BACK!!!

ordinaryjanet said...

These things have a way of piling up, don't they? Not just bottles, but other things.

11 bags full is disheartening, though-don't blame you for procrastinating.

cmk said...

I really should just bite the bullet and bring them back. However, K usually brings them to The Oldest and now that I know they use the money for the kids to have a good time at the county fair, I feel as if I need to let him bring them there. So that means at least two more weeks before he can do the trip. {sigh}

ordinaryjanet said...

will you be falling over them in the meantime?

cmk said...

I don't know how much longer I can wait. As it is, we can't open the door ALL of the way--we CAN still get in the house comfortably, but I don't know for how many more days. ;)