Podcast Episodes

Episode 16: A Big Pane in the Glass

September 17, 2021

If you’re like Keith and Mollie, which you must be at least a little if you follow this podcast, you’re always looking for alternatives to throwing things in the garbage. Let’s face it, though: some things are really hard to get rid of or reuse while still being good to the environment. One of those things which is getting increasingly more difficult to recycle is glass. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones whose curbside recycling program still takes it, or maybe you’ve got a growing pile of glass in your house waiting for a way to get rid of it. Today, Keith and Mollie are joined by the founder of Kinetic Recycling, a company that tried to fill this gap for environmentally-minded home owners after the local city recycling program stopped taking glass. Give it a listen to learn about the adventure of this small business and to think a little more about what happens to some of that recyclable stuff after it leaves your home. Spoiler alert: the recycling fairy isn’t involved. We’d love to hear your thoughts, too, on getting rid of some of the more hard-to-recycle products we find in our homes. So, after you listen, why not leave a comment below or send a note to Keith and Mollie from our contact form? We’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts.

Episode 15: Recycling by the Yard

August 23, 2021

It’s summer time! On this episode, Keith and Mollie take it outside. Specifically, they take recycling to the back yard. If your outdoor furniture is broken, your outdoor cushions are dirty beyond repair, and your lawn care practices wouldn’t exactly be considered environmentally friendly, step outside and join them for this great adventure. Learn about the outdoor furnishings box from our friends at Terracycle and some more affordable alternatives. Then, spiffy up your yard with ways to mow and water the grass. And when you’re done, don’t forget to share some of your own outdoor recycling ideas on our contact form or by commenting on this episode.

Episode 14: Recycling You Can Sit On

May 20, 2021

Ever think about all of the plastic lids and caps that get thrown out instead of being recycled? If you’ve been losing sleep over them, or even if you haven’t, don’t worry. In fact, that’s what Keith and Mollie talk about today. We can’t help with your sleep patterns, but we might be able to help you with recycling caps and lids. Some environmentally-minded young ladies from a local elementary school are doing a project with Green Tree Plastics and the ABC Promise Partnership to turn those lids and caps into something useful instead of just something in the landfill. Check it out to learn what they’re doing and how you can get involved.

Episode 13: How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Person?

February 7, 2021

Lightbulbs are everywhere, but we usually don’t think much about them until they burn out. When that happens, what do you do with the old one? While you’re stumbling around in the dark trying to figure that out, why not join Keith and Mollie to explore how to keep those old lightbulbs out of the garbage? Learn if LED bulbs really are as great as people say they are, and discover a few new resources for recycling bulbs like RecycleABulb.com. And, of course, check our resources page for more ideas.

Episode 12: Hit a Home Run for the Environment… Obviously

October 21, 2020

As the World Series gets underway and this year’s baseball season draws to a close, Keith and Mollie make one last trip to the ballpark. But what’s this? Broken bats? Old gloves? And don’t even get us started on the concession stand. On this episode, return guests George and Ben come back to help sort through the recycling that can happen at the baseball stadium. Learn about a great sports equipment recycling box from our friends at Terracycle, how RecycleNation is making a fashion statement with old baseball gloves, and a lot more. And if you finish this episode and are wanting extra innings, check out our recycling resources page for even more ideas.

Episode 11: Take my Stuff, Leave my Ping-Pong Table

September 14, 2020

Got a pile of things that you need to get rid of but that you know can’t go in the garbage? We’ve all got old electronics, dead batteries, and other things that we’ve been told shouldn’t go in the landfill. You could try throwing those things in your neighbor’s garbage can and run while nobody’s looking, or you can check out the ideas from this episode. Since most of these puzzling items often get stashed in the garage, Keith and Mollie have brought George back for more help straightening up the garage. Join us to learn how to safely get rid of some of these tough items and stay on your neighbor’s good side.

Episode 10: In the Garage With George

September 3, 2020

Got a garage full of junk? No, we’re not talking about your car. That’s a different podcast altogether. But for most of us, the garage is a convenient place for common household items to disappear to. The problem is they only get as far as the garage in their disappearing act. On this episode, Keith and Mollie are joined by their friend, George, to help sort through the garage clutter. If you’re wondering what to do with that stack of cardboard boxes or pile of empty paint cans, check it out. Maybe you can even listen while you work on that car repair project you need to get to?

Episode 9: Trust Your Crazy Idea

August 17, 2020

Sometimes, it’s the crazy ideas that end up making the biggest splash. Today, Keith and Mollie are joined again by Mary Liz Ingram of the Clean Up Project USA, a resource that grew out of her family’s crazy idea to try going 40 days without any disposable plastic products. If you listened to the last episode and went away thinking it sounded like a crazy idea, or maybe an intriguing idea, then you’re in for a treat this week. Listen to learn more about why Mary Liz started the Clean Up Project, and get her suggestions of how you might start your own plastic-free journey one step at a time. To learn more, check out the Clean Up Project website or follow Mary Liz on Facebook and Instagram. You can also check out Mary Liz’s appearance on the This One Good Life podcast and her bi-weekly commentary on Alabama Public Radio, Living With Less Plastic.

Episode 8: 40 Days Without Plastic

August 3, 2020

Here at Rome Was Not Recycled in a Day, we’re as much about small lifestyle changes as we are about what goes in the recycling bin. But sometimes, someone makes a big lifestyle change and ends up showing all of us that, all in all, it’s not as hard as it looks. On this episode, Keith and Mollie are joined by Mary Liz Ingram, creator of The Clean Up Project to talk about her family’s adventures going plastic free for 40 days. Spoiler alert: they did this last year, and they still haven’t stopped! Learn about how she started, what was way easy to give up, and what wasn’t so easy. And check out our recycling resources page for links to some of the things Mary Liz talks about on this episode.

Episode 7: Let’s Eat, Please Pass the #1 Plastic

July 20, 2020

Ah, dinner time. We all gather around the table to enjoy some good grub. But is the environment enjoying our meal time as much as we are? If it’s take-out, there’s the obvious question of what you can do with the container after the yummy goodness is gone. But what about the napkins? How do you wash the table? Before you lose your appetite completely, check out today’s episode. Keith and Mollie break down meal time to make recycling in the dining room, or wherever you enjoy your meals, a cinch. They’ll even save room for dessert.

Episode 6: How Did the Bread Tag Cross the Road?

July 6, 2020

It’s pretty ridiculously obvious that recycling is good for the environment. But did you know it can also be good for charitible organizations? On this episode, Keith and Mollie are joined by their friend Mallie to learn about one such example. Check out how Mallie is helping to recycle while helping kids in need get wheelchairs through Danielle Cares for Chairs. And if you want to know more or join the cause after listening, visit the the Danielle Cares for Chairs web site.

Episode 5: Recycling in the Kitchen Takes All Sorts

June 26, 2020

Feeling overwhelmed in the kitchen? We can’t help you figure out what to have for dinner tonight, but on this episode, we’ll at least help you sort through the craziness of recycling in the kitchen. For all of that stuff that can’t go in the curbside bin, how on earth can you sort through it, and what are you supposed to do with it? Keith and Mollie are joined again by Lulu and Ruby to talk about how to organize and deal with all of the kitchen recycling. Maybe, with all of that out of your way, you’ll be able to think more clearly about what to have for dinner.

Episode 4: Everything in the Kitchen Sink

June 9, 2020

Sponges and dishes and plastics, oh my! A lot of waste happens in the kitchen, especially in the sink. Are you wondering how you can be more environmentally friendly with your dish washing habits? Then join Keith and Mollie with a couple of special guests to go deep sink diving. Before you know it, you’ll be up to your elbows in good kitchen recycling ideas.

episode 3: recycling in the time of covid-19

May 26, 2020

There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed things for all of us. It’s even changed our eating habits, shopping, and daily routines. So, have you stopped to think how it’s changed the garbage and recycling that you’re producing? On this episode, Keith and Mollie dive into some of the changes that COVID-19 has brought to all of us and how we can stay environmentally focused in light of these changes. Plus, wondering what to do with all of the extra time you have at home? Why not start composting? Mollie’s got some great tips to get you started.

Episode 2: In the Bathroom with Ben

May 18, 2020

Ever wonder what to do with empty toothpaste tubes to keep them out of the landfill? Or maybe you’ve got a collection of empty soap pump bottles that you don’t know what to do with? On this episode, Mollie and Keith are joined by a special guest to learn about recycling in the bathroom. If you’re the kind of person who stays up nights thinking about toilet paper made from 100% recycled paper, or even if you’re not, you’ll learn something from today’s episode.

Episode 1: The Five Fingers of Recycling

January 8, 2020

In this first episode, Mollie and Keith identify the five categories of things that can go into most curb-side recycling bins and a few items that definitely don’t belong there. In the meantime, Keith learns how to say MRF.