"It seems like it is always windy on trash day," says Noreen Riordan. She got tired of seeing a mess on garbage day and took matters into her own hands.
"After waking through my neighborhood, especially in the winter, and being disgusted by all the milk bottles and pizza cartons that end up in the ditch, I said someone needs to do something about this so I got a sewing machine and made it myself," says Riordan.
She came up with the idea to make a recycling bin cover. It's a simple concept with big rewards for the environment. "It's a mesh net cover has an elastic band around it and it's attached to the recycling bin with a piece of adhesive backed velcro. So, it doesn't get taken off and there is a storage pocket to keep it in when it's not in use," Riordan adds.
The mesh keeps in all the stuff that normally blows away. Things like newspapers, pizza boxes, and lots and lots of plastic. The plastic blowing around has become more of a problem lately because Monroe County just started accepting more types of plastic to be recycled.
It's resulting in overflowing bins and more than one bin out at the curb. When you think about it, it's a good problem to have. Now that the county recycles plastics 1-7, it means fewer items are ending up in the landfill. Riordan just wants to make sure more doesn't end up littering the roadsides.
"I just feel it's important to protect our environment and litter is a big problem and if we can solve it in such a simple way why not do it," says Riordan.
The bin covers are $8. If you would like to order one, click here.
Click here for more information on recycling in Monroe County.