Thursday, July 27, 2006

Why are many of our neighbors not recycling?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe because recycling isn't as environmentally friendly as once thought......the trucks...the fuel....the processing energy and waste products....
the cost environmentally is higher than the benefit....smaller landfills? Charlotte will be ocean front property if we don't get a hold of our CO2 emissions....but hey..at least our ocean front city won't have nasty landfills....

;-) yeah its a touchy subject....but lets debate!

John McBride said...

That's an interesting theory I've not heard before. Are you saying that smaller landfills are the only benefit to recycling? Seems like there would be others.

We love dogs! said...

Well actually it shouldn't be a touchy subject at all, recycling is very easy and still environmentally friendly. Here's the deal in our area and I say our area because each town has different recycling guidelines depending on what type of processing is in or near that town. Aluminum cans are recycled and back on the shelf in as little as two weeks, cans take less energy to recycle than to manufacture from raw materials. Cardboard, easily recycled locally and in fact the businesses are required to recycle all card board. Any plastic that says 1 or 2 is very much in demand with drink distributors, carpet manufacturers and even textiles to make items such as fleece. In fact, there is a huge market for it. Plastic has memory when compacted so it is harder to bail, the city doesn't make as much off of it as aluminum but the Meck Recycling Center in Charlotte makes a point of recycling even if it cost them more to bail and process. The blue plastic cheers bottles are recycled locally. Soup cans, etc are recycled locally.
So to the person that is discouraged about recycling, don't be, get the facts. Start recycling, start purchasing with recycling in mind. We only have this one time to get it right for our kids and their kids, as for us, we have it made but do you really want to make your children live in a time where there are no resources left or spend their lives suffering from our mistakes. One more thing, we have trucks that pick it up, red bins are supplied, you have to roll out your trash anyway, what is so hard about which bin to put your trash in. Jus’ do it!

Anonymous said...

Well thats sounds great! I don't think anyone has ever mentioned that we will run out of aluminum anytime soon. Plastic itself is synthetic and can be mass produced. Paper, cardboard, etc comes from tree farms...trees grown specifically to make paper. These are not non-renewable resources....oil however is. Sure, it may be economically and environmentally feasible to force large companies that consume vast amounts of these resources to recycle. However, we are doing more damage sending these large polluting trucks around every day of the week...so I can recycle my two wine bottles. Our system is failed. We should be stressing less consumption! In stead of buying your 24pk of bottled water...we should buy the gallon sizes or the adaptors that fit on the faucet. If one wants to recycle, why not drop off centers...where we can drop it off on our way to work....We love dogs! mentioned that we need to get it right for our kids.....and their kids....what exactly will we lose if we modify our way of living and fix a failed system! We should be teaching them not to waste! My problem is not with recycling....its how it is done. We are creating a bigger problem through the processing, consumption, and release of fossil fuels. Finally...I recycle....only because the trucks are coming by anyway...but everytime I see them I think about the millions in tax payers dollars being spend on the fuel....global warming....depletion of fossil fuels....damage to the environment....fix the system!