When you throw away your trash you are giving up ownership of the trash to whoever collects it. The cost of having an extra trash can for plastics is pretty minimal, however I’m sure the cost of having extra facilities and trucks to pick up recycled goods is not. The point being, we’ve had plastic in this country for less than a century (?). In 200 years where are we going to be? The hell are we going to do with all this plastic in our water and lands?
Nobody wants to keep their own trash. Everyone deposits their trash on someone else’s property. And those deposits affect everyone.
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Where I live you have to divide you garbage into 3 bins. Organic, recyclable and garbage.
Where I live, everyone’s provided one for trash and one for recyclables. But it’s not a “have to” situation, it’s not as if the people who pick up the stuff in the trash bin open everything up and check to make sure there’s no recycling in there.
Oh, definitely. The suburb I live in has a lot of that, be a good neighbor, help out the community, sort of vibe in it, so I’d be very surprised if the percentage of people who took the small effort to have two trash bags in their house, one for trash and one for recyclables, and then put them in the appropriate container out in the alley wasn’t at least 90%.
Easier still is to simply reduce the amount of plastic you consume. There are fairly easy habits to get into - reusable grocery bags, steel/aluminum water bottles, forgoing straws and plastic utensils, etc. You can go so far as to purchase plastic free toothbrushes and razors, but even just a single change has an impact.
I can’t remember who made the claim but I read somewhere that the majority of plastic pollution in the oceans comes from commercial fishing, so it never hurts to see where your seafood is coming from. I’ll see if I can find the source of that claim and come back here to link it.
My town does ‘single stream’ recycling- everything goes in the same huge can- newspapers, bottles, cans, plastics, cardboard. I feel sorry for the poor souls who have the job of separating out the week-old cat food cans and cottage cheese containers.
I do love the robot trucks that pick up the cans and dump the stuff, though.
My city is the same. I often worry that the recyclables just end up in the landfill anyway, not least because you see a lot of confusion/indifference among people in terms of what they throw in the recycle bins. I suppose I could look into that.
Like I said in the above post, while recycling is a good thing it’s always better to reduce one’s consumption right from the beginning.
Apparently in some towns, they do. This is from DRS’s post: Incorrect sorting
The automated collection trucks are equipped with a camera to view waste material emptied into the appropriate compartments. This camera enables Solid Waste Resources staff to identify improperly sorted items and provide targeted public education and follow up with home owners or tenants, as necessary, to address any questions about Guelph’s sorting system.