I am one of those people who will watch my roommates throw something into the trash and go behind them and move it to the recycling bin. The container for our trash is the same size as the one for our recycling, so to me, it just makes sense to at least recycle what we can, especially since for us, it’s actually convenient. All it requires is being aware, really.
To me though, recycling is more than just a logical thing. God gave mankind dominion over the earth to take care of it. We now have the technology to recycle and renew some resources, which helps preserve the environment and take care of what’s been given to us. To throw things away when we have the means to reuse them isn’t being a good steward.
But there’s another aspect that makes me think that recycling is Biblical. Throughout the Bible it’s made clear that God is a God who restores. Time after time Israel fails God, and instead of throwing them away, He seeks ways to bring them to restoration. While restoration is much more powerful than mere recycling, both are part of the same spectrum.
Whether or not you choose to recycle is your choice. Unless you live with me. Then you’ll probably get a lecture since I’ve gone out of my way to make it easier. But I know in some places, it’s not as convenient as it might be for me, and that’s okay. But if your only reason is lack of motivation, that’s not a good enough excuse.