Our county and city had to pass laws making it illegal for people to drive buy and pick up the recycs with deposits.
We take the bottle and cans with deposits to our church for the Heifer program. A member takes the cans to a recycle center, collects the money and turns it over to our assistant priest. Then money is deposited in a Heifer account. When enough money is raised we buy cattle, sheep, goats and even llamas for people in third world countries.
There still is a market for the grass and tree clippings. There is a separate garbage truck for them. The rest of the recycles are thrown in the same truck. They extract the botttles and cans and compact the rest and send it to Utah, I believe.
Apparently there is no market for used newsprint, office paper and cardboard. People spend a lot of money, time and effort to separate these items. Then it ends up compacted together and sent to another state to become deposited with the other garbage.
This whole game has made millionaires out of the gargage people, the watermelons and the lawyers.
posted on 12/29/2003 10:54:44 AM PST
by Grampa Dave
(Kaddaffi, "I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq. ")
To: Grampa Dave
I compost what I can, not for the environment but for my lasagna (no-till) garden beds. Rather than doing the back-breaking work of removing sod and tilling earth, I just lay about 10 sheets of dampened newspaper right on top of the grass, and layer used coffee grounds (obtained in bulk from Starbucks -- they will give used coffee grounds to anyone who asks), shredded leaves, grass clippings, horse manure, and produce scraps. I always top the bed with shredded leaves for attractiveness sake.
You can either plant in it right away or wait a few months and let it decompose. You end up with incredibly rich garden soil for very little work.
posted on 12/29/2003 11:06:43 AM PST
To: Grampa Dave
The rest of the recycles are thrown in the same truck. They extract the botttles and cans and compact the rest and send it to Utah, I believe.
This is a hoot GD. We ship our garbage to a land fill near you. It was supposed to go to Oregon. You know how much useless land in Humboldt County but they couldn't find a gulch to dump it in.
When they closed the landfill they turned 43 bear loose on Eureka. The garbage co had to change from night pickups to morning so people could put their cans out then to keep the bears form raiding them...
posted on 12/29/2003 9:11:44 PM PST
(Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...)
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