Join Keith and Mollie to learn about new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything. Well, okay, maybe not everything. There might be a couple things you want to hold on to. But other than those, this podcast will help you discover new ways to eliminate waste, new environmentally friendly products, and new ideas for managing recycling without recycling your sanity in the process. And the best part: we have fun while we do it. Why? Because recycling is fun! Join us, and make sure to check out the website and contribute your own questions and show topic suggestions at romewasnotrecycledinaday.com.
Episode 20: Confessions of an Alkaline-holic
Do you have a mountain of dead batteries that you’ve been trying to get rid of? Or maybe you feel a twinge of guilt every time you throw a dead battery in the trash? If you struggle with the dead battery dilemma, this episode is for you. Today, Keith and Mollie dive into your pile of dead batteries. Okay, not literally. Join them to learn what the EPA has to say about disposing of dead batteries along with some other great ideas from our friends at Earth911 and Call2Recycle. Plus, learn about Mollies adventures with the battery recycling box from Terracycle and other ways to get rid of batteries with Batteries Plus. Finally, learn about KW Plastics, a business that’s making use of old car batteries. And, spoiler alert: it’s not easy to get rid of dead batteries, so learn some of Keith and Mollie’s ideas for reducing battery use. As always, we’d love to hear your ideas, too. Just swing by our contact form to let us know how you’re solving your own battery dilemma.
Episode 19: What’s in Your Bin?
It’s a constant dilemma: what can you put in that curbside bin? Better yet, what are your family members putting in that curbside bin when you aren’t watching? Maybe you don’t pace the floor worrying about it, but it’s still often a puzzler. On this episode, Keith and Mollie finish up 2021 by looking ahead to 2022. They’re joined by their city council person, Jennifer Andress, to learn what’s in the works for recycling in Homewood in the future. If you live in Homewood, learn what you you might be able to put in that bin once new plans are put into action, and if you live elsewhere, this might give you some ideas to take to your own city council. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If your city is doing something innovative with recycling, leave us a comment below or use our contact page.
Episode 18: Holiday Burn-Out
It’s the time of year when so many of us bring down decorations from the attic to make our homes festive. And, if you’re like Keith and Mollie, you discover every year that, while we’re all enjoying our summer vacations, those oh-so-pretty lighted decorations tend to give up the ghost of Christmas past. On this episode, Keith and Mollie deck the halls in a little different way. Check it out to learn some fun ideas for things you can do with Christmas Lights that don’t light any more. Learn about Keith’s adventures with the Light Keeper Pro that might help you get a little more life out of those strings of lights. If that doesn’t work, Mollie has some great ways to reuse them. And if all else fails, our friends at Protec Recycling can help you keep them out of the landfill. So, instead of staying up worrying about your broken Christmas lights instead of going to sleep to wait for Santa, give our show a listen. If the ideas don’t help put you to sleep, then maybe the episode will. And, as always, we’d love to hear your ideas. Send us your ways to repurpose Christmas lights by commenting below or by using our contact form.
Episode 17: No Tricks, Just Treats
It’s fall! Time for fall decorating, carving that pumpkin, and maybe even dressing up in a costume for some Halloween fun. But how do you do that while being good to the environment? And we’re not just talking about why you shouldn’t TP your neighbor’s house this year. On this episode, Keith and Mollie jump into having a green Halloween. Listen for ideas on decorating, dressing up, and even what to do with all of those candy wrappers. If your decorations have worn out, get some ideas on how to repurpose them, or send broken lights or electronic decorations to Protec. Learn about H&M’s used garment recycling and their global sustainability efforts. And after it’s all done, why not compost those pumpkins? We don’t need to trick you into lessoning. Once you’re done, if you’ve got your own Halloween recycling ideas, comment below or drop us a note.
Episode 16: A Big Pane in the Glass
If you’re like Keith and Mollie, which you must be at least a little if you follow this podcast, you’re always looking for alternatives to throwing things in the garbage. Let’s face it, though: some things are really hard to get rid of or reuse while still being good to the environment. One of those things which is getting increasingly more difficult to recycle is glass. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones whose curbside recycling program still takes it, or maybe you’ve got a growing pile of glass in your house waiting for a way to get rid of it. Today, Keith and Mollie are joined by the founder of Kinetic Recycling, a company that tried to fill this gap for environmentally-minded home owners after the local city recycling program stopped taking glass. Give it a listen to learn about the adventure of this small business and to think a little more about what happens to some of that recyclable stuff after it leaves your home. Spoiler alert: the recycling fairy isn’t involved. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too, on getting rid of some of the more hard-to-recycle products we find in our homes. So, after you listen, why not leave a comment below or send a note to Keith and Mollie from our contact form? We’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts.
Episode 15: Recycling by the Yard
It’s summer time! On this episode, Keith and Mollie take it outside. Specifically, they take recycling to the back yard. If your outdoor furniture is broken, your outdoor cushions are dirty beyond repair, and your lawn care practices wouldn’t exactly be considered environmentally friendly, step outside and join them for this great adventure. Learn about the outdoor furnishings box from our friends at Terracycle and some more affordable alternatives. Then, spiffy up your yard with ways to mow and water the grass. And when you’re done, don’t forget to share some of your own outdoor recycling ideas on our contact form or by commenting on this episode.
Very informative and fun!
Keith and Mollie have fun while raising our awareness of recycling, with suggestions of howwhatwhy we should begin.