Today is Earth Day. The original Earth Day, April 22, 1970, involved large crowds and parades. While recycling has increased since then, Arizona is not doing a very good job. And despite Parks and Sons website extolling recycling, I think their pick-up methods actually discourage it. Twice a week for trash and twice a month for recycling...and on different days. Not only is it difficult to remember that recycling day, by having four times as many trash days it encourages people to just put it in the trash. Where I live now both are picked up weekly, which many cities do, and my city has a fairly good rate of recycling compared to many other states (of course we could do better). I am never in SC for recycling days as I usually travel there on the off recycling week due to my work schedule. I do haul my stuff to the recycling bins they provide in Greenway Shopping area, but many people may not be willing or physically able to do that. I hope to have a discussion with Parks and Sons about this when I move there at the end of this year. Recycling rates: Glendale less than 10 %; Tempe at 11%; Mesa and Gilbert at 22 %; Scottsdale at 17% t;Peoria at 23%. Compare that to the national average of 38%. Others do even better San Diego is 65 %, Los Angeles 76 %, Portland’s about 70 %, Seattle more than 56 %. Click that percentage sentence/link for more info. Take the quiz: what you can and cannot recycle Does the erratic recycling days effect your recycling habits?