Posts tagged #recycling

Board Member Edition: Leaving a Healthy Planet for Future Generations

As a mom of two young children, ages 5 & 2, the state of our environment and climate change weighs heavy on my mind. I am constantly thinking about how the Earth will change in their lifetimes as well as their families, and how these changes will affect their quality of life. At times these thoughts can leave me with an overbearing sense of foreboding. As a working parent it can be overwhelming to manage day to day life and these types of thoughts. I was left thinking what can I do to make a difference.


It is in that mindset that I was determined to teach my children the importance of recycling, something that I have always been passionate about. I believe that education of both adults and children is imperative to achieve positive change. I began speaking with my daughter about recycling and talking to her as I would gather items for the recycle bin. When I was teaching her to throw things in the garbage I was sure to call out items that can be recycled and the process of placing them to the side for recycling. At age 5, it is now second nature to her in terms of what goes in the garbage and what we put in the recycle bin. In fact, at a party at a friend’s home she walked up to him and asked where she should put her can for recycling. It was a “proud mom” moment for me.

While I am happy to see my children learning and following my footsteps in terms of being cognizant of the Earth and making steps to invoke positive change, I know that this is not the norm for all homes and families. I was recently at a family party in which massive amounts of recyclable items were being thrown in the trash. While I was astounded that this still happens, I asked my cousin why. She mentioned that it was not easy to recycle in her neighborhood and she was too busy to make it a priority. I had a conversation about the long-term impacts and the future for our children and their children. It is examples like this that solidify the need for organizations like ours, Green Living Science, that are working hard to educate young and old on the importance of recycling. There is a lot of work to be done in this space, and we will continue to fight the fight so that we can leave a healthy planet for our future generations.


~ Rosana Laurain

Posted on July 17, 2019 .

Detroit has Curbside Recycling??

A very common question we receive! But it’s hard to believe it has been almost 5 years since Detroit embarked on a journey toward a citywide recycling program. The city started the initiative as an opt-in program where residents could purchase a 64 gallon blue recycling container and have it serviced every other week by their waste hauler, Green For Life Environmental or Advanced Disposal.

3rd grade student from FLICS sent us a playful picture after he received his recycling cart!

3rd grade student from FLICS sent us a playful picture after he received his recycling cart!

While Green Living Science did not entirely agree with the opt-in aspect of the program, we understood the rationale. You cannot give out recycling carts and expect everyone to use it properly, especially with 207,974 residents who are eligible. This type of education is not always as simple as a flier plopped in the cart either. People interpret the meanings of certain materials differently, for instance “plastic” does not mean you can recycle plastic bags, candy wrappers, or chip bags; and “paper” does not mean you can recycle paper towels or paper plates!

With all the waste we create today, from milk jugs to packaging peanuts, it can be difficult to determine what materials are accepted in the curbside recycling program. That is why Green Living Science partners with the City of Detroit – Department of Public Works to provide free recycling carts to Detroit residents who receive education. Over the past 4 years, we have been going to block club meetings in church basements, parent meetings at schools and community events across Detroit. To date, we have signed up nearly 15,000 residents for a free recycling cart!

With a city the size of Detroit, it can be difficult to reach every resident. That is why Green Living Science helped to create an online quiz to reach more residents and at their convenience. Don’t worry it is not a pass or fail type of quiz like in 10th grade math class! It takes less than 5 minutes and asks residents to identify where different household waste materials should go; in their curbside recycling cart, their garbage can or the City of Detroit drop off recycling center, Recycle Here!

After hosting nearly 250 workshops it is time to get creative to reach more Detroiters and we need your help! Connect us with your Detroit group! It’s easy; simply visit to host a Green Living Science representative at your next block club meeting, parent meeting or community event! With your help, together we can create a more sustainable city where everyone has access to recycling at their home.