Rethink the Bins

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A book review of Rethink the Bins: Your Guide to Smart Recycling and Less Household Waste by Julia F. L. Goldstein

A book review of Rethink the Bins: Your Guide to Smart Recycling and Less Household Waste by Julia F. L. Goldstein

Stars: ****

Bebo Press (2020)
Sustainable Living
113 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Have you heard that recycling is broken? Let’s fix it.

If you want to reduce the amount of waste you generate but aren’t sure where to begin, Rethink the Bins shows you how. You will gain knowledge so you can:

  • Understand what happens to waste after the bins leave your curb or building
  • Implement best practices for recycling and composting
  • Feel empowered to start with small changes that make a difference
  • Create SMART goals around waste reduction and recycling

When you’re done reading this book and completing the waste tracking worksheets, you will:

  • Know how to better manage your waste at home and away
  • Feel more confident that the items you toss into recycling and compost bins are actually being recycled or composted

Figuring out what to toss where is not as hard as it might seem. Once you have made changes at home, you will probably want to share the message with your friends and neighbors. Please do! One person or one family can make a tiny difference. Thousands or millions of households doing the same can change the world.

Rethink the Bins

Rethink the Bins was a good explanation of how recycling works and how to recycle properly. It’s made for US readers but was interesting to me as a Canadian. Even for US readers you will need to look up your local recycling and waste management laws as every city is different.

The author provides worksheets as well so you can track how much waste your house generates as well as allowing you to make goals for better waste management. I plan to track our garbage use at least so see where we are and see if we need to make some changes.

The book isn’t overly long which is good because most people don’t have a lot of time now a days. I appreciate also reading a book about recycling from someone who doesn’t pretend to be the perfect zero waste person. If that were the case, I wouldn’t assume I could make a difference.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.