Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recycling is a joke in places.

I was reading an internet thread from people all over about recycling.

A lot of it is done on a municipal level and a couple of people report that they are required to separate the trash from the recyclables only to have both containers dumped into the same truck and hauled off to the landfill. I'm not surprised.

Sometimes I separate my cans from the other stuff and bag them up  and toss them into the shed and when I have a few bags full it's off to the scrap yard for a few bucks. Al least some good comes from it.

Still, in places where they send more than one truck around to pick up trash and recyclables I wonder. They send an enormous truck out that likely gets about 4 or 5 miles per gallon burning diesel to spend an eight hour day to collect a couple of hundred bucks worth of cans and bottles.

That doesn't sound green at all.

Right now there are a number of hybrid cars out there that cost a lot more than their conventional counterparts. They cars get much better mileage but most have a lot less power. Fine. If you drive responsibly you don't need a lot of power.

Still, these hybrids cost a lot more and if you look at the construction of them they use rare metals that have to be mined somewhere. That doesn't sound too green, either. Maybe it's a wash, maybe it isn't.

Still, it's likely not all it is cracked up to be.

There are a lot of pretty gullible people out there.

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