Skip to comments.Recycling from Western Countries Covers China in Filthy Garbage
Posted on 11/22/2014 5:54:35 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Recycling is a scam. I’ve said it before. It does nothing for the environment. It does plenty for the wallets of the well connected who have recycling businesses. That’s the only reason for recycling.
These filthy photographs show monstrous mounting piles of waste overflowing into streets and even blocking roads in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
The smell is so bad nauseous residents have taken to wearing masks.
Tonnes of plastic recycling being sent from Britain and other European countries is being blamed for the backlog, as tough EU laws have forced local authorities and businesses on the continent to recycle more.
One local Sun Fu, 33, said: “We have been forced to wear masks to deal with the smell, and sometimes roads can be blocked as the rubbish heaps topple over when they get too high. Something has to be done about this.”
Don’t recycle. It’s bad for people. It’s bad for the environment.
Now we know where China is getting all “soil” to make all those landingstrips, uh, hmm, islands, yeah, that’s it, islands out in the South China Sea.
There is only one photograph, where are the others?
In California, recycling is a scam. The state oversees the entire operation and it has always been in the red. In addition, the state charges tax on the redemption price of the bottles or cans, so you never get your redemption price back because of it. In consideration of the fuel required to get to recycling centers and the failure to get a refund of the tax collected on the redemption value, you are in the hole, screwed. Of course this makes perfect sense to the RATS in the CA legislature and Moonbeam Governor Brown—it is right there in front of their eyes that the state is loosing money yet they continue with this idiotic scam.
If recycling is “good for the bottle and good for the can” as the ads say, privatize it and let’s see who comes out ahead—without a state subsidy.
My local paper ran an expose on the area recycling operation.
They said that only 45% of the recyclable material trucked to the recycle center is recycled.
Supposedly because of low, or no, market demand for much of the materials that we are lectured to sort and place in the recycle bins.
The remainder reverts back to being trash.
It is reloaded on trash haulers and trucked many miles back to the land fill to join the trash that went there direct.
Every home and real estate owner is billed quite a bit annually to subsidize the recycle operation.
“China Covers Itself in Recycling Filth” makes for a much more accurate headline.
Bring back incinerators. Use the heat to generate electricity.
With China pretty well being able to dictate the terms it wants in exchange for furnishing junk cheaply — why on earth is China tolerating this. If the recycling is so contaminated that indeed it stinks, then it’s not practical in the first place.
The obvious temptation is to blame journalists, who did a remarkable job of creating the garbage crisis, often at considerable expense to their own employers. Newspaper and magazine publishers, whose products are a major component of municipal landfills, nobly led the crusade against trash, and they're paying for it now through regulations that force them to buy recycled paper-a costly handicap in their struggle against electronic rivals. It's the first time that an industry has conducted a mass-media campaign informing customers that its own product is a menace to society. But the press isn't solely responsible for recycling fervor; the public's obsession wouldn't have lasted this long unless recycling met some emotional need. Just as the third graders believed that their litter run was helping the planet, Americans have embraced recycling as a transcendental experience, an act of moral redemption. We're not just reusing our garbage; we're performing a rite of atonement for the sin of excess. Recycling teaches the themes that previous generations of schoolchildren learned from that Puritan classic, "The Pilgrim's Progress." John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory features a character not unlike the garbage barge that left Long Island: a man dressed in rags who flees the City of Destruction, desperate to find a place he can unload the "great burden upon his back." Guided by the Evangelist, the pilgrim wanders the world trying to reach the Celestial City. His worst trial occurs in Vanity Fair, a village market founded by Beelzebub and inhabited by noblemen named Lord Luxurious and Sir Having Greedy. The market offers tempting wares, but the pilgrim bravely practices the first R-reduce-by shunning the products of the "merchandizers" and continuing on to the Celestial City. Today's schoolchildren, though, might be confused by one character encountered on Bunyan's road to salvation: a man, the source of our word "muckraker," who is busy raking together a compost pile. This recycler of household waste isn't presented as a role model for the pilgrim. He's a symbol of moral blindness because, instead of looking up to see the heavenly rewards awaiting him, he "could look no way but downwards, with a muck-rake in his hand." In Bunyan's time, it would have been hard to imagine that pilgrims would one day be taught to search for salvation right down there in the muck.
But as children pursue their moral education, as they learn to ponder the fate of the earth, it wouldn't hurt for them to also study, once again, that recycling scene in "Pilgrim's Progress." If Bunyan were an administrator in today's schools, he might call it a lesson in prioritizing. The thrifty muckraker, intent on his compost pile, doesn't notice a figure hovering overhead, offering to trade him a golden celestial crown for his rake. This scene is observed by the pilgrim, who consults a helpful guide named the Interpreter. "This is a figure of a man of this world, is it not, good sir?" the pilgrim asks. "Thou hast said the right," the Interpreter replies, "and his muckrake doth show his carnal mind." The Interpreter points out the waste on the ground and sadly explains that, for the muckraker, "Things here are counted the only things substantial." The muckraker has forgotten that there is more to life than hoarding natural resources. His recycling has become the most primitive form of materialism: the worship of materials. "Earthly things, when they are with power upon men's minds, quite carry their hearts away from God," the Interpreter says. The pilgrim cries out in horror. "O! deliver me from this muckrake."
When that happen on the Simpsons, they moved Springfield.
Burn all the garbage in furnaces!
Then take the ash and use it in fertilizer...
But that would create CO2 and that is supposedly bad bad bad...
the incinerator near the Ford plant in Cologne caught fire a couple years ago, blanketing the entire area north of town in nasty smoke. No good when these get out of control..
Virginia does that.
Recycled products create jobs and they would create more if we worked at it. Think of all the Shark Tank tools people invent and any number of plastic items that benefit from reusing old plastic. Conservatives who love business should always be looking at recycling for costs saving solutions.
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