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Posted on 03/04/2003 7:16:56 AM PST by ZGuy
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When Philadelphia went to recycling a few years back and we all had to use those buckets, everything went out on the same day.
I would sort my trash and "file" it correctly, until one day
The trash truck rolls up and everything is tossed into the truck- a regular big yellow trash truck. I stopped filing my trash after that.
It is obvious that recycling in some pockets may be somewhat effective, but on the whole, as in Philadelphia, it is a scam.
It's sad to impliment a program and then trash it...so to speak. I wonder if the recycling center in Philadelphia sorts it at a central plant...or has convicts sorting it (good reason to shred papers with personal info on them). Folsom State Prison does sort jobs for the greater Sacramento area...trust me, I shred. :o)
We have 2 roll-bins, each about 4 ft tall. They're filled to the brim every two weeks. Our regular trash is maybe 1/3 full each week. Oh...and we have the yard waste bin too. I'd like to get a chipper and big composter some day..great for the gardens.
I would say that unless you are within a 100 mile distance of a paper mill, and an old one which makes no tissue(which there are less and less each year), recycling even paper is a silly venture(sorry to gore your ox). Paper composts wonderfully.
Between the float cell de-inking, debonders, stickies removal, bleaching aids, extra release agents, and the associated added processes, make it a real headache.
I would like to see more invested from private industry on digesting micro-organisms. Ones designed to eat plastics, paper, rubber, solvents, and garbage. They made a real good one that eats oil. Landfill technology has been based on capping each few feet and odor control,The exact opposite of what's good for bugs. Those little bugs dosed into each cubic foot of garbage could be like a bunch of bulemics at a Shoney's Buffet.
Philly does have model sewage treatment though. They do a super job there. Credit where credit is due and all.
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