Summer is great for 3 reasons: 1. Warm Weather! 2. The Beach (with appropriate sunscreen of course)! 3. Cook outs! AKA: family and friends and grilled food! Number three is really my personal favorite. I love cookouts!  However, they do have a way of being, shall we say, "less than green". Barbecues often lend themselves to being extremely wasteful! Plastic plates, cups and utensils are just some of the culprits we run into. Let’s admit it, these little plastic commodities are SO convenient; but my conscience is never clear when I’m leaving the park with 5 garbage bags full of plastic, paper and other “I could have recycled you but I didn’t”, items. I recently found this site Just enter your zip code at the top of the page and it tells you places NEAR YOU to recycle all kinds of things! From paper and plastic to electronics, like your old cell phone. HOW FANTASTIC!  I found a place right down my street that takes old Styrofoam and bubble wrap. I’m so excited, because I don’t usually use either of those and yet they’ve been sitting in the back of my closet waiting to be used. Okay, I know it’s not as convenient, nor seemingly time savvy, to load all of your recyclables into the car and bring them somewhere. I get it! But we have to look at the big picture. If we all reserved at least one day a week to pack up our recyclables that can’t go into our bins and bring them somewhere where they can be re-used in some way, I have to believe that it would make a HUGE impact on the environment and our kids’ future! I would like to be able to tell my kids, I’m making a difference now, for you. Earth911 has a blog. I'm assuming these are the same people as, but please correct me if I'm wrong. If your a resident of California, you may be interested in this blog. It's called Californians Against Waste and it talks about current legislation issues in California.