I think “train” is the operative word here. People get brainwashed pretty easy. - We recycle after a fashion in a countrified way. Newspapers go to the local auction house for people to wrap their purchases in; we garden and have composted for almost 25 years. Our dogs covet every bite of scrap and vegetable juice left over. Plastic bags go to the thrift shops for bagging things they sell. No way I’m gonna heat the water to wash out glass mayonnaise jars and tin cans.
When our town transfer station implemented state mandated “recycling” I joked to the town treasurer that we ought to get a rebate on our transfer station bumber stickers. She got really serious and told me she had to pay BFI $60,000 a year to haul the “recyclables”. Most of them went to a landfill in Michigan. That’s on top of the residents’ and town’s cost and hassle of handling the different bins.
I made a point of placing putrifying, unwashed catfood cans in the bins in July.
Who benefitted? Not the “environment”, we just moved from a local landfill to one a thousand miles away, which is clearly environmentally counterproductive. The beneficiary was BFI. For a lousy $60,000 a year they made the whole town jump through hoops. Of course they were aided and abetted by nitwits in the statehouse, including Bill Weld.
BTW, Ontario was doing the same thing, abluting themselves in an act of overarching moral preening, while shipping landfill to Michigan.
The Germans started in a simple fashion...separate paper from regular garbage. Then they tagged on plastic as a separate deal. Then batteries, etc, etc. They aren’t up to nine but I would suspect they will be there by 2020. It is true...’train’ is the key phrase. To back up the training...you also need garbage police walking around, to examine your bins, and then you turn into a police-garbage state.