Man made mountains are being created across our country/world every day. These mountains are built with the trash we create. We place our weekly contribution to these mountains at the curb and our “garbage men” take it away. The only time we give this curbside pick-up a thought is when the “garbage men” are late or when the neighbor’s dog get to it first.
Where does that household garbage go? Does that really matter? Just so long as it is gone from our homes for another week.
A friend of mine, Matt Matteson, researched the household trash and recycle situation. His article is available below. Please read it carefully.
Years ago, I served as chairperson of our county solid waste advisor committee. Until I read this article, I had no idea how much progress has been made in recycling. In those earlier times, all recycle went to a handing facility. There it was dumped onto a conveyor where a few people did their best to pull select items on that moving belt. Primitive, expensive, and inefficient.
The linked article tells us that profit-making companies now use advanced technology to manage specific materials.
It is high time that we all believe in recycling and push our counties to introduce and continue to improve their recycling operations. It is also high time for us to push manufacturers to look at source reduction. Start with those impossible-to-open, rigid plastic blister packs.