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Let's count the recyclables in the wrong location, shall we?
EW! At first I thought this was a pic from a third world country...WOW.
And just because recycling is available doesn't mean people use it or use it correctly. We have curbside collection and I routinely see our neighbors using their recycling can as a trash can with clearly non-recyclable things in them. It really irritates me to see that all the time.
Maybe recycling should be required rather than optional? My BIL lives in Switzerland and they are required to sort their trash 7 different ways for recycling. If they don't there are heavy fines and trash service will stop for them. And they have to use special biodegradable (small) trash bags that cost something like $25 for 10 bags. So they are really discouraged from creating a lot of trash. Not saying we should do it all that way, but I think its a good idea and would love to live there :)
And how gross to have a trash collection backlog...ick ick ick
proudarmywife08:And they have to use special biodegradable (small) trash bags that cost something like $25 for 10 bags. So they are really discouraged from creating a lot of trash. Not saying we should do it all that way, but I think its a good idea and would love to live there :)
Honestly, while I'm not one to want to raise what I pay for anything at this point in my life, sometimes I think that raising gas and trash collection prices is the only way to really change anything. I think there are technically fines here if you don't sort out recyclables, but that doesn't stop people.
Honestly, this area it is SO easy to recycle. All trash providers have curbside recycling, most of them don't make you sort it out, they provide dumpster drop off areas for composting, they take (well, you drop off) leaves and small yard waste for free (which gets used in their composting) and a local grocery store has teamed up with the waste district to be drop off point for recycling plastic bags of all sorts. Even a lot of the hazardous materials can be dropped off FOR FREE. C'mon, people!!!!
Seriously-I live in NYC and that is exactly what it looks like. When we had that horrible storm on Dec 26, we had a couple of weeks, I think, with NO trash collection at all. When you consider how densely populated NYC is--high-rise after high-rise after high-rise (I live in a mid-rise, "only" 28 units)...that is a LOT of trash that wasn't picked up.
I totally agree that the only way to make people care about this is to tax or fine the hell out of people. My husband goes off on this all the time, but related to gas prices. (Note: we have no car, don't need one...) But with all the problems with gas...still no one is tackling the problem from a demand perspective. He went to Japan about 10 years ago for his brother's wedding, and the cars are tiny. His brother had to borrow a car to pick up his three siblings and their luggage from the airport, four people and three people's luggage did not fit in his own car. (bear in mind BIL is 6'2, and drives a tiny car.) If they'd build decent public transit then people could give up their cars, or at least one of them. If gas prices were upwards of $6/gallon like they are in Europe...people would find another way.
Sorry for the tangent. And thanks for posting that lovely view of my city. :)