CHARLESTON, W.Va. - While maybe we should be more focused on digging ourselves out of our hoarding ways, our family is still doing its best to recycle.
We're especially glad the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority's contractor, West Virginia Recycling Services, has begun accepting glass again, thus sparing my wife and me a secret shame.
Back when the county's facility stopped taking glass, we would take our refuse to the local Target store, which has a companywide commitment to recycling not only glass, plastic and metal, but also odd disposables like used ink jet printer cartridges, mp3 players and cellphones.
This got us through the dark days following the closure and revised collections of the Slack Street center. We were glad not to be sending our empties to a landfill if we could help it.
With the city picking up paper, plastic and metal from the curb, other recyclables like cardboard and glass would have to wait until we could drop them off on our own.
Given the infrequency of our recycling runs, sometimes we could go for weeks between visits. This meant we would have good-sized bags full of flattened boxes or clattering jars and bottles to deposit.
Recycling cardboard was the same as always: just dump it by the bagful into the container at Slack Street.
When it came to the glass, though, we had to devise a strategy by which we could break down our reserve into discreet parcels that didn't draw a lot of attention - or make a lot of noise - in the store.
This became a concern because in Target's recent remodeling, it moved its trash-can sized recycling receptacles away from the customer service area to a spot within view of the checkout line. Seemed like a lot of eyes to watch what we were dropping off.
A recent visit with my son was uneventful because while we were taking in two shopping bags full of beer and wine bottles, they were in tidy white Target bags.