Reward Yourself for Consistently Recycling
♻️ YOUR RECYCLING HABIT: SOME POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT ♻️
If you started your habit in week one, you are now a month and a half into your new (or improved) recycling habit! WOW!! By now, you've probably gotten good at pausing before you trash an item and instead tossing it into your recycling bin. You have your recycling area set up in your home and you're a pro at breezing through the recycling section of your transfer station or remembering to put out your recycling bin at the curb.
Sounds like it's time for a little positive reinforcement - a pat on the back for sticking with it and helping to make a positive environmental and economic change for your community!
Perhaps you'll invest in a more permanent recycling bin or two. Maybe you'll spring for that set of bamboo cutlery you've been eyeing. Or you'll grab a new reusable bag (you never can have enough of them!)
OR you'll take yourself on that hike you've been wanting to do, you'll set up a get together with a friend you haven't seen in awhile, or you'll seek out a new lake or river to explore - your positive reinforcement doesn't have to be a purchase!
No matter what you choose to do, be sure to appreciate all you've done so far. Setting up a new recycling habit - like any habit - can be hard (remembering to recycle, adding a new stop in in your trash drop, etc.) But each small weekly action adds up and pretty soon recycling will be second nature!
Now that you've patted yourself on the back, get ready, because we are going to start leveling UP your habit in the coming weeks!
This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service. Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc., is an equal opportunity provider and employer.