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Plastic grocery bags are good for more than just dog walks !

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rest in peace "Lady" my pound puppy that made it almost 20 years. Our local Los Angeles human society actually came to my house just before she passed to spend a good 1/2 hr. with her. She was on record as their 2nd oldest dog ever.

But back to those plastic bags. I just hate folks throwing their water bottles on the ground. I live in an area where fitness is big for walkers/joggers and cyclist. Our local school is well known as a great starting place in LA County for mountain bikers. On any given weekend the parking lot is almost full with SUV's and trucks with bike racks. I walk past the school daily. I've been picking them up ( bottles and cans) now for over 3 months. I normally pick up about 6 and crush them and stick them in my pocket then put in my recycle bins when I get home. Yesterday I looked in the cans at the school and wow, a mini gold mine. No less than 30 bottles and cans...hmmmm I said to myself. I normally get about $20 a month for my recyclables anyway so why not $40 if I can? This is a recession, it is good for the environment and I am frugal. You would probably be surprised how small a plastic bottle gets when you remove the top and roll it up then reinstall the lid.

Now I have a reason not to throw most those bags out so quickly. About $6 million worth of cans and bottles end up in the land fills daily @ 5 cents a piece. Don't you wish you could come up with an idea to tape into that big time?

I now carry a grocery bag and will be buying myself something nice in the future.
Nickels make Washington's, Washington's make Jackson's and Jackson's make FRANKLINS........
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  • BARBARII
    So sorry about your dog - funny how much a part of our lives they become, sometimes without us even realizing.

    But think it's great that you're doing what you can to clean up the world emoticon and you are so right - the little bits add up to big bits and sooner or later (well, mostly later) it's another trip to Vegas!

    emoticon Barb
    4231 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    Some great ideas.......

    Thanks,
    Darl
    ene
    4234 days ago
  • RAINRUN
    GREAT POST!
    Unfortunately we have to pay to recycle in our area. Isn't that silly!
    We so recycle =-) just we don't get paid for it. Well at least here =-)
    TIA
    4235 days ago
  • MZRITA
    Sorry about your puppy. :(
    4235 days ago
  • BLONDEDOG
    Great post! I enjoyed this a lot. I think you are a better person than I am. Have a good Saturday!
    4235 days ago
  • TXLADYINOK
    I really like your idea. Unfortunately, where I live, they don't even recycle anything except newspapers and aluminum cans. No, not even cardboard! Ok, Walmart does have a container to put your plastic bags in to recyle them. I have started a project with mine. You can make tote bags with your plastic bags by cutting them in strips, tying together to form a long "yarn" and then crocheting. I haven't gotten to the crocheting part yet. Still cutting and tying, but that gives me something to do with my hands also instead of eating in front of the T.V. emoticon

    Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing your ideas!
    4235 days ago
  • DWROBERGE
    Some of my favorite portraits are Grover Cleveland, Ulysses Grant & Ben Franklin. Keep up the great job!
    4235 days ago
  • ONEMORETHING
    You are doing a great job and getting money back to now that is a frugal all the way!Those plastic bags are good to use for a number of things and a lot of places also have containers set up to get rid of those plastic bags but I bet you have a lot of idea on stuff like that? You should do a post here on being frugal?In times like these the economy being the way it is other probably have good ideas to share?
    4235 days ago
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