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Ask Amy: The household needs a recycling czar



Recyclables placed in the proper trash can are often contaminated with food waste, which, I read, gum up the sorting and processing of machines.

I slowly reminded him of the proper way to handle recyclables, but I was usually greeted with a “whatever” behavior or unwelcome comment about “washing the trash.”

More often than not, I just quietly pick up their respective bins and put things in the right place, but I think it encourages him to continue not caring.

I realize in the very good way these things are a tiny violation and part of the issue is my complexity, but I wonder if you have any suggestions on how you can persuade him to take care of proper recycling behavior?

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1; Wearyed Waste Warrior

Tired Waste Warrior: My solution suggests that you only realize that your spouse is a non-state regarding this matter, and to stop campaigning and correcting him or her. So I will appoint you the Recycle Czar of your household (your scepter is in the mail). As such, you will accept this job with enthusiasm and without complaint. Moreover, I assign your two young children to be your official assistants.

Even young children can enjoy the job of safely sorting (clean) plastics (no sharp metal edges, please). You should identify a color coded base for recyclables, teach your kids the basics, explain to them why you do it, put clean plastic and paper goods on the floor, and ask them to put these things in the appropriate trash can (there are some fun videos on YouTube that describe the process). They can then help you carry the trash to the side and watch the big truck remove the discarded items.

If you do, your children will soon begin to police your spouse, reminding him or her which bass will be used. It can enable him to ride.

Dear Amy: Thanks to your clever response to “Frustrated in the Kitchen,” it was so outrageous that her two stepons (both addicted) were often late for her special homemade meal.

As a mother who has lost a son due to addiction, I can tell you that I will never stop wanting to have another birthday or holiday with my son.

Establishing a “home” for those suffering from addiction is the kindest act a parent can do.

Yes, they can be late and unreliable and they probably won’t last long. But coming home for holiday meals can be a great blessing for troubled souls.

At the end of a meeting, they always say, “Keep coming back …” And that is what parents should always say to their children.

Simpler meals can be ordered to save on kitchen work and still feel like homemade food. The important part is to open your home and make the family welcome.

I will give anything to see my child at my door. “Frustrated” and his wife can work out kitchen problems. Family time is more important.

Mourning Mother: Thank you for your thoughtful and loving response to a sad problem. I hope your perspective helps other parents and family members.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (drugabuse.gov), deaths from drug overdose increased from 38,329 in 2010 to 70,237 in 2017; followed by a significant decrease in 2018 to 67,367 deaths.

Addiction takes a countless toll on loved ones that statistics cannot measure.

The wisdom of “Keep coming back …” works in so many contexts, and thanks for sharing it.

He should consider using a Crock-Pot, or slow cooker. Then he no longer has to think about the exact timing of his meal.

Big Fans: Many people have offered cooking suggestions for this question, which is not really about cooking, but about the feeling of “Frustrated’s” that he is always on the hook for catching others.

However, I agree with you. A Crock-Pot will solve everything.

2020 by Amy Dickinson distributed by Tribune Content Agency


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