Meet Jodi Delaney! Jodi is the rockin’ mom of two beautiful daughters still living at home. She works for Behavioral Health Services and teaches classes at SLCC in addition to being a hard-core urban hiker and outdoors enthusiast. Jodi was nominated to be a recycling spotlight during our fun Earth Week Challenge on Facebook, and we are so glad! We just love her story. We showed up at her house in Murray and she just launched right in, telling us how her family became such great recyclers.
Salt Lake County Recycling: When did the importance of recycling hit you?
Jodi Delaney: Well, I personally have always recycled. But when we moved to Murray, our family just sort of stopped recycling – it wasn’t as much a part of the culture as it had been in Salt Lake City. But we took the 20% Challenge last fall, pledging to recycle more, and my husband and I started asking ourselves what the difference was – why we didn’t do more living here in Murray. So he brought home this big blue bin for our kitchen and started taking the really big boxes to work to be recycled. That pledge really helped remind us that this was something we wanted to be doing in our home. [To follow Jodi’s lead and take the 20% Challenge, visit our website: https://slco.org/recycle/take-the-challenge/]
SLCoR: What recycling idea would you like to communicate to the masses?
JD: Make recycling accessible and easy. The only recycling bin in our house was out in our garage. I would walk out there to recycle, but no one else in the family would. When we put a big recycling bin in our kitchen, right next to the garbage can, there was no longer an excuse and recycling became an easy choice. Our recycling gets picked up every other week here in this part of Murray, and before we took The Challenge, the outdoor recycling bin was never full. After we put that recycling bin inside, our family of four fills the outdoor bin to overflowing by the time it’s picked up.
SLCoR: What recycling moment are you most proud of?
JD: My daughter Zoey got really excited when she realized something we were just throwing away was going to get her money if she recycled it instead, so we started saving our cans and she cashes them in.
SLCoR: How much money do you get, Zoey?
Zoey: I get about $7 a time. I wanted to use it on concert tickets and stuff, but I’ve probably spent it all on food. [Heehee]
SLCoR: Not to be a downer, but for awareness’ sake, what is your recycling pet peeve?
JD: When my kids choose not to recycle, even though they are standing right there. How can I make it easier?! They do a great job, but sometimes…..I mean it’s right there.
SLCoR: What else would you like us to know?
JD: We try to reuse items as much as possible as well. I don’t want to limit our plastic and glass container’s lives to just one use – I want to give them a full and happy and useful life, so we just stick them in the dishwasher and use them again until they are warped or broken.
Also, my daughter Zara does a great job with our electricity. She’s always going behind us and turning off the lights we leave on.
Zara: I’m very light conscious, some people yell at me for that. Like this morning.
Zoey: That’s because this morning I was showering when the lights got turned off!
:-) Thanks for being such an awesome recycling family, Delaneys!
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