Skip to comments.The Future of Recycling Is Sanitation Workers Rejecting Your Bin. In Atlanta and other cities, collectors refuse to pick up trash if residents have sorted it wrong.
Posted on 01/29/2020 6:42:04 AM PST by karpov
No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, store here.
Do leftists think about the privacy implications of the government going through your trash? Or do they favor those violations because they control most city governments?
In Switzerland, glass is sorted into clear, brown and green containers. Lord forbid if the garbage collector sees a discrepancy...
Toss it all into the trash can and move on with your life
Why work for free for the government?
“Do leftists think about the privacy implications of the government going through your trash?”
Like all else, it depends upon the political party holding office.
Rats want government out of their bedrooms when a Republican is President.
If a Rat holds office, they want government to sanctify and celebrate what they do in their bedrooms.
I think they’d be happy to sniff and sort our President’s trash.
An expose would likely reveal that the “sorted” recyclables all get recombined at the transfer station anyway before being shipped to a processing center for handling.
I can’t find it at the moment, but there’s a photo out there somewhere of a Starbucks recycle bin that supposedly has three separate holes for different types of waste, but it all actually ends up in the same bag.
Per “rules,” I have 2 trash cans — one “blue” for recyclables and one “white” for other stuff.
I choose which one to use randomly.
Do these cities want garbage dumped into the streets? Because this is a fantastic way of getting garbage dumped into the streets.
Seriously though, it’s entirely possible and realistic for a municipality to compost garbage without sorting for recyclables then after the organic components have broken down, sort out the recyclables and process them. It keeps residents from having garbage rejected, worrying about sorting and 18 different bins, and simplifies trash collection because it all goes into one bin. Of the goal of recycling programs was to make the lives of residents easier, this would be standard practice everywhere.
IN MY TOWN, WE HAVE TO SEPARATE PAPER AND NON-PAPER RECYCLABLES.
OFTEN, THE TRUCK OPERATOR JUST THROWS BOTH INTO THE SAME TRUCK.
I was in Germany in back in the 1990s, and saw the groups of three (or maybe four) huge recycling bins seemingly everywhere.
I was proud when I found I could figure out on my own the meaning of these words on one of them: ohne Deckel (without lid).
I grew up in the boondocks where there was no trach pickup. Mom did have a composting pile for the garden, there was a couple oil drums for burning what would burn, and about once a month Dad would take metal/glass to the closest town dump. Recycling was kind of a foreign concept. We did reuse jars, bottles, cans, but recycling? We were just too far off the grid.
> If the government will nitpick what is in your recycling bin, throw stuff in the non-recycling trash when in doubt. <
Bingo. These intricate rules will motivate people to recycle less, not more.
We have a government-mandated trash company and the fees are taken out of our county (Gwinnett) taxes each year.
When they inspect your trash and disapprove of what you are recycling, they just throw onto your lawn.
Each week I have to go and find a construction dumpster so that I can get rid of ‘excess’ trash that they will not pick up. Sometimes I have to bribe my trash guy to take more than my government weekly allotment.
Its very expensive and has little or no environmental benefit.
It took man only 20 centuries or so to give up trying to transmute base metals into gold. How long will it take us to stop trying to turn our rubbish into gold? As John Tierney put it 23 years ago in the New York Times, Recycling Is Garbage.
Wealth can be created from virtually nothing, but only when the cost of production is less than the value created. Wealth is destroyed, when the cost of production is greater than the value. Most government labor destroys wealth. It is only when the private sector creates more wealth than is destroyed by the government, that nations can become rich.
Recycling destroys wealth. It costs more than the value it creates. Forcing the public to do the labor still destroys the nation’s wealth.
Here in Oakland, too.
Your technique is the same one I use.
The People’s Republic of Santa Cruz requires clear bags.
My trash goes to three places
Food waste: compost pil
Paper, plastic and other burnables: I burn it.
Everything else: I put it in plastic wal-mart bags, take it to work with me (one little bag every four or five days) and dump it in the sidewalk trash receptacle. I pay income tax in the city I work in, though I live somewhere else. It’s the one benefit my taxes provide for me. :)
In my town, the weekly federal subsidies to aid recycling is sufficient for 4 days per week. After that, even if you’ve separated your crap, it all goes into the same trash truck.
So, why bother at all?
So, we throw everything but paper and cardboard into the regular trash. Do greenies weigh the cost to the environment by using water to clean out the containers? Which impacts the environment more ... throwing the glass containers away dirty, or using that precious water to clean them? Enviroweenies never think these things through.
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