Tyler offers several different ways to recycle and help the environment.  But if statistics are any indication, guys probably aren't going to do it, because being green undermines their ability to feel macho.  Really?  Does going green make you feel like a wimp?

Women are usually the bosses it seems, when it comes to household recycling efforts.  We are air traffic controllers in the kitchen, directing the flow of cardboard boxes, newspapers, and glass bottles to the recycle bin, and the greasy aluminum foil and apple cores to the regular trash.  And don't mess it up!  If you do, we're not above digging out that empty egg carton and putting it in the right spot.

The Washington Post ran an article that said guys generally don't recycle or conserve water as much, because going green is a feminine thing and if they get to into it, it makes them feel like a wimp.  Do you agree?  As the Post put it, "Your manliness could be hurting the planet."

The City of Tyler doesn't say recycling is macho necessarily, but they do says it's easy and it not only helps the environment, but it helps the local economy too.  And you don't even have to take the labels off of the cans and bottles - just toss it all right in the bin.  To sign up for curbside recycling contact the Solid Waste department at solidwaste@tylertexas.com, or call at 903-531-1388.  Don't make your wife do it.

If anything makes you feel like a tough dude, it's tossing stuff into a slightly disorganized pile and muscling the whole thing to the curb, right?  Drink a beer while you're doing it, and then toss that bottle into the bin too.  Maybe recycling can be macho after all.

Oh, and if you have things to drop off, anyone can take recyclables to the Recycling Center with the City of Tyler.  You don't have to be a resident.

Recycling is sexy, right?  Ok, maybe we won't go that far.  But it just might keep the peace at home while it helps the planet.