Economy street sign intersecting with environment street sign.One of the biggest misunderstandings about recycling is the cost of those services. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I moved from <insert town> and recycling was free!” Now, please do not get me wrong. I like free stuff as much as the next person, but when we start talking about value, I’m totally on board with paying for something that’s going to last. And one thing I desperately want to last is this planet. You may think I’m being coy or over dramatic, but I assure you this is not the case.

Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but neither garbage nor recycling services are free, no matter where you live. These services fall under a huge umbrella of solid waste services and for most governments, there’s usually 7 figures on that budget line. It’s easy to get confused, or forget that this exists, because it’s bundled into your taxes. And it’s not in your field of vision like that pot hole at the end of the street. This is good for you because you don’t have to whip out your debit card every time the garbage truck comes down the road. But sometimes this is tricky because we start viewing these services as free when they


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