The thing that was missing was recycling. For the area I live in recycling was never much of an option. You could either pay a monthly fee to get special (not cheap) recycle pickup or you could pack it up and carry it to the recycling center across town. Unfortunately, neither of these options worked. So we never participated in recycling.
At the beginning of the year, our city switched our waste pickup company to one who supported recycling. I was so excited. It makes me feel productive to do my part and recycle. I am thankful that our city decided to make the switch.
Now each week our recycling is overflowing. My only complaint is we need a bigger recycling bin because we have as much, probably more, recycling than garbage. Ideally, I would like to start a compost this summer, which will reduce our garbage as well.
I am thankful that we have another outlet to reduce our carbon footprint and be a little more environmentally conscious.