Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Recycling isn't good enough anymore

If we take a look at the purpose of recycling, most of us conclude the purpose is to save the environment.  Isn't that the truth?  We want to keep plastics out of the landfills because they take so long to decompose.  Rather, we can melt it down and reform it into bottles, picnic tables or other such useful objects.  Recycling is a nation wide project where we all benefit.  So what happens when your local recycling stations no longer take plastic?  Do we just throw them out like we did in the eighties? Some of us might sigh with relief thinking the burden of washing out all those yogurt containers is over.  Others, like me, will consider this de-evolution an atrocity and bag up their plastic and ship them two hours away to a station that will take it.  The real tragedy is the reason behind the abandoned project: because it costs too much money.
Since when did recycling have anything to do with money? Oh boohoo, the city budget is maxed out cause high-ranking officials need compensation for their frivolous spending habits.  We'll have to cut financing from things that only matter to regular citizens. (I'm just being judgmental here, I haven't yet spoken with the mayor about this unfortunate turn of events.)  If everyone did things the easy way everything would suck.  You can quote me on that. What will it cost to dig new landfills since the old ones are stuffed with non-bio-degradables? What will it cost when our children have to deal with the towers of garbage ruining their environment?
We need to start reusing plastic containers as much as we can. I'm not saying, stuff your teddy bears with it, but Zip-lock bags will last through 10 washings. I know I've done it. Or how about buying products with less packaging? When the local recycling agencies are no longer dependable, we can step up our moral duty because it is the only option.

1 comment:

Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

I'm listening to the Audio Book Ecological Intelligence right now and they have been talking at length about this and other such crucial topics. Lobby your local government to rethink their position, give incentives for less plastic use. There are ways to make this feasible to even the bean counters!!

Great post!