Skip to comments.Some Inconvenient Truths About Recycling
Posted on 06/03/2018 10:58:37 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
Environment: It has become an article of faith in the U.S. that recycling is a good thing. But evidence is piling up that recycling is a waste of time and money, and a bit of a fraud.
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I remember talking to my trash guy on recycling.
They lose money on all recycling except aluminum cans
I was living in Garland Maine just outside of Dexter Maine (once home to the shoe company of the same name) and we would BRING our separated items and then throw them into the shipping bins that held that certain recyclable . Their was also a dumpster for everything else that was not cash friendly to go to a landfill . It worked well enough that we were able to hire two people to monitor the proceedings on the weekends and the town made a profit by selling at the right time for however the markets went . This was small scale mind you but it worked . The best way to address the situation is go back to older ways of packaging ....I still seek out say...milk in paper/wax half gallons or if available have a milk man deliver in glass...I am not a tree hugger by any chance but just stating that I have seen it work on a small scale . Once the hacks and thieves get their hands on it I expect it to be corrupted and pillaged..The only way to fix that is jail the politicians and strip what wealth which we can prove they obtained...very simple if all the participants weren’t all sucking from the same teat as it currently is .
When I was doing contract work in Iraq, all the mess halls had recycle bins set up to deposit various items for recycling. However, when our company was tasked with determining the number of recycle facilities located in Iraq, we found that they had nada, zilch, none in the entire country. It all ended up in the local dump, except for the aluminum cans, which apparently the chinese were getting. A “feel good” program that accomplished little to nothing.
They just took the DNA samples and then sent the cans to the dump.
I read an article about this many years ago. But I still continue to recycle. It’s an addiction. I really should stop. I think the only thing really worth recycling are electronics and metals.
That is the usual case. Non-AL recycling is a money loser. I do sell back my old steel though, but you have to look for the few places that do this.
Penn and Teller did a show about recycling a few years ago. Warning: Language for the language sensitive:
This was apparent to a casual observer many years ago. The labor and real estate involved in collecting and separating and storing just seemed disproportionate. Any government (or private) program that is not costed to include at least once removed side benefits and detriments, and a full program life cycle, must be suspect.
Everything that originated in the late ‘60s and ‘70s to placate rioting hippies is a complete fraud.
Proving once again that there is a Seinfeld episode that covers any discussion, anywhere! :)
Never understood recycling anything but metal. Glass is SAND! Are we seriously thinking we need to conserve sand???? Plastic is cheaper and cleaner to produce than to recycle. It’s man-made. Paper is a renewable resource by default! Trees grow and reproduce. It’s just insanity.
So funny. We have a small museum in southern Utah where we hold major art events every year. Course everybody has to have their water bottles as they don’t know where water comes from. And they always ask where the recycle bins are.
This is my best of all time answers. “We put all the garbage together so the boy scouts and their leaders can go down to the dump for a service project to separate them all out every week. Isn’t it wonderful for these young men?”
Oh, the approving wonderment from the libs!
same here. I've read about it being a waste but my OCD tells me to bag the plastic anyway.
but if I just throw out my bags, how will I ever find my missing receipts?
I’m a ‘single=stream’ recycler as well. When asked by one of my uppity recycling friends, my response is that I recycle - all my trash goes to the County landfill for temporary holding. Those mountains of trash will be valuable minable resources to future humanoids or their equivalent.
If *I* ran the world, everyone would be worrying less about recycling glass and paper and aluminum and spending more time putting food scraps and yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, etc.) into their compost piles!
Black Gold, Baby! Black. Gold. :)
We have mandatory recycling. I keep aluminum cans and we crunch them down, put the full bags in the barn, and when we’re taking scrap metal or iron or steel or old appliances to the Scrap Yard we throw them in, too. May as well beat the system where you can!
I never wash out anything. I know they’re not really ‘recycling’ my peanut butter jar or what have you...
It was always a scam. Youre giving away material that someone else is making a profit off of.
Why waste our natural resources on using the old packaging?
There is a reason they aren’t used anymore, the old ways are wasteful.
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