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Trash or Recycling

Posted by Admin on December 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

While growing up, I remember many times where I would see a picture of a large bin with a person putting a piece of garbage into it.  Or I would see a picture of people separating items to their appropriate recycling containers.  I walk by trash cans every day.  I hear the trucks coming to collect it every week.  I know what to do with trash at these times.  


But when it comes to everyday life, I have no clue.  At least not right away...  


There are a couple of nearly empty boxes of stale cereal sitting on the kitchen shelf.   If that cereal was still edible, and I had enough for a full bowl, that would be the right place for it.  But time has passed and it no longer belongs there.  So at what point am I supposed to realize that it's time to get rid of those boxes?  When does that moment "click" and instead of pouring myself a bowl, I decide to throw away the crumbs and recycle the box?  It doesn't.  I put the box away.


There is a piece of candy that I find in my purse when I get home.  I unwrap it and eat it.  That's what you do with candy.  But wait....there's still something left over.  There's a wrapper that the candy was in.  I'm so engrossed in what I want to do next, that I can't process what I'm supposed to do with this leftover piece of plastic.  I either put it in my pocket or just completely drop it.  I don't want to hold onto it, but I just don't remember what I'm supposed to do.  I don't see it as garbage yet.  I see it as a piece of candy that I've eaten.  Or, perhaps I realize that there is another piece in my purse, and I might as well wait until I eat the other piece to figure out what I'm doing with these leftover remains.


This is how my mind works.  I have Asperger's.  I'm 24 years old, and I just finally started to realize when an item belongs in the trash or recycling.

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