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Amazon Recycling Center
Amazon is the number one marketplace for all of our needs. There are people who do not even leave their house anymore or go to a store because Amazon usually ships it within two days. As a result, more people than ever are ordering everything right online. Amazon’s prices are also a reason why people shop online. If you are like me, you do price comparisons when you walk into any store. In most cases, so long as an item has a bar code, you can actually download the Amazon app and it will find that product and show you the price. Some stores, like Walmart, usually have a close or similar price. In some circumstances, the items is needed right now, and therefore, it does not make sense to buy it on Amazon. Other times, however, with the Amazon Prime feature, if there is no rush to have an item, it can save quite a lot of money, in the hundreds, over the course of years.
When you order an Amazon box, however, just as when it comes to buying anything in the store, waste is produced. Material waste and most of it can actually be recycled. If you consider the fact that millions of people are using Amazon everyday, that means Amazon is shipping millions of boxes everyday. Whatever is being done with these boxes? It is likely that those who care about the environment are actually recycling them creatively or using them for storage or other purposes. There are also people who likely just throw them away without thinking twice. I actually use them to fuel the fireplace in wintertime. They certainly work amazingly and while some of you reading this may be screaming at me not to do it; until we start learning to use better material for a cardboard box, such as hemp or fibers that are not from trees, I am recycling them into a form of heat energy. Yes, this means that after they are burned up, it turns into ashes, which I can use for compost and garden material. They definitely are recycled as best as they can be for me and it helps to save some gas and electric costs on my heating bill.
Hopefully your town gave you the blue bin for recycling, where you can drop cardboard boxes in, and have the recycling center recycle it for you. If you do not have one, as I did not, you can call your local township up and request a recycling bin. If your area does not recycle, you should still make all efforts to recycle as best as you can. If you think we are in trouble now, just wait until your children and grandchildren reach your age. Don’t care about them? It’s obvious you don’t if you aren’t currently recycling anything and everything that you can. Good luck in their future, then! I hope my sarcastic rhetoric convinces you to start recycling if you don’t already. I recycle for your kids and I do not even know them nor do I have children of my own. 90% of my trash is recyclable. You are welcome.
A perfect example of why you should recycle: Go fill up a glass of water. Drink it. Is there any left after you have drank it? Of course not. Now get to recycling. In the case of water, it is absorbed into the atmosphere and rains back down on us, and in our modern system, is processed to be cleaned, and rendered for drinking. We must do this as there is no more water on this Earth than there was 2,000 or 3,000 years ago. But as long as we continue to use the resources that this wonderful Earth continues to provide for us and we do not replace them, we will ultimately be left with nothing. Therefore, all humans living on this Earth must start developing the mindset that nothing is going to last forever. Every time we take from the Earth without giving back, we are one step closer to our own destruction. If you want your children to experience a better life than you had, than you better teach them, as well as yourself, how to recycle properly. It is the only way the world can continue.
As for those cardboard boxes that Amazon sends us because we are a consumer nation, we can at least do ourselves a favor and Amazon, and send those boxes to charity. Amazon, along with several other partners, including Overstock, GOODWILL, LOFT, KEI Co-Op, LEVI’S DOCKERS, Asics, NewEgg, ANN TAYLOR, Uncommon Goods, BON-TON, Viva Terra, ecru, BONOBOS, scrubs & beyond, eBags, LOU GREY, Cherry Mad, STITCH FIX, and JUSTFAB have all teamed up as “Give Back Box Partners”, now known as The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017. This means that all of these companies participating cover the costs of shipping your box to charity. You can drop your box off at your nearest USPS location. As a bonus, why send an empty box? Don’t you have things to donate in your house? Fill the box up with household items, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and other non-perishables. Things that are not accepted are ammunition, volatile items, hazardous, fragile, and liquids. There is no cost to actually ship the box itself, though the maximum weight of the box is limited to 70 pounds. It would probably be best to keep the box around 30 pounds or less.