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The Penn and Teller Bullsh** episode on Recycling is a must watch. I used to be an avid recycler. Not any more. I don’t do it at all.
I was never keen on doing the work of sorting stuff that can be reused (ie sold to someone) without being compensated for my time/effort via free/discounted trash pickup, etc.
But the best part of this DG piece is the piss it pours on the utopian corn flakes of the Gaia lunatics.
“Even the Communists got tired of sorting through the trash of American socialists.”
I, for one, will always compost - but that’s to benefit MY garden and MY food production.
We crush & save Aluminum soda/water cans, and cash them in when we take other metals to the scrap yard.
The rest of the stuff? We burn paper trash (it’s allowed where we live) or shred it and add that to the compost pile, too. Plastics are either washed and re-used a few times, or they go into the recycling bin.
I know not everyone has these options, but as a whole, this ‘recycling’ scam IS going to come back and bite communities in the pocketbook.
But, we already knew that. ;)
Several years back our local newspaper ran a story exposing the fact that much of the recyclables trucked to the recycling center were never processed there.
They were just reloaded on other trucks and hauled back across the city to the garbage transfer facility for processing.
There the recyclables are consolodated with other trash and reloaded on trucks and hauled to the landfill.
Not only is there almost no benefit to having the public collecting and sorting recyclables.
The county incurs a lot of added expense by keeping the scam going.
I never saw any follow-up to the story so I suspect the pressure was on to kill the exposé.
Recycling is making money off of the Garbage that just takes a little long to get to the Dump ,LOL
Takes more energy to recycle than the benefits from recycling; plus the products made from recycling are more expensive to produce and their cost.
Great article. Thanks for posting.
Paper, glass,and metal recycling to me makes sense since they are basic raw materials that can be reused.
Paper though can only be reused a certain number of times before the fibers become too small to be repurposed.
glass and metals can be melted down and reformed into something else.
I never got into the recycling craze. Everything I discard goes straight to the dump. Newspapers, old telephone books, electronics...you name it, to the dump it goes.
If recycling was economically viable, we’d be paid for our trash.
The fact is Americans pay to recycle their trash.
Another fact, it HARMS the environment to recycle anything but Aluminum from residential areas.
Commercial recycling makes sense for metals of all kinds and paper when in bulk, but that’s it.
Wow...this dovetails perfectly with today’s Jerusalem Thread about “Virtue Signaling”. (I guess I can stop recycling now)
Great Minds Think Alike? LOL! :-)
“Shocking study reveals 90% of global plastic waste comes from just TEN rivers in Asia and Africa”
I've always suspected that the recyclables we are forced to put out bi-monthly wound up in the same place as the rest of the refuse. Now it will be worse.
We'll have to see how Waste Management reacts to this new paradigm.
Hawaiian Judge rules that China must resume processing American trash.