Recycling

@dfollin (12768)
United States
July 25, 2008 11:41am CST
I do not understand,There are some places that I have lived where it is the law that we have to recycle.The even have trash inspectors and if anything is found in your trash that can be recycled you get fined $50 to $100.And we are told that unless we do recycle it will be bad for our earth.So,we go to all the trouble to rinse out plastic bottles,bundle up newspapers and so on.So that these items can be recycled.Now we are being told that the landfills are full of plastic bottles and bags and we shouldn't use either thing.So,what was the point of rinsing,sorting and bundling for? What do they do with the fine money?
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Recycle symbol - illustration of recycle symbol
Hi my friend, When recycling first started back many years ago in our town, I was all for it. I did the good thing of separating out the recylables and putting them out in a separate container weekly. I do not to this day know what they do with the money they get from the recyclables. I do know that a couple of years ago, our town found it was so expensive that they charge everyone a fee each month for the recycling program. So I don't understand it either! Happy MyLotting, Char
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• United States
26 Jul 08
the green bag is your friend - picture of thousands of dirty wasted plastic bags
REcycling certainly has some ways to go because right in my city the recycles are transported into the next state for processing. Recycled bottles are going toward playground equipment and things like this and plastic that looks like wood. The best thing to do is not create the waste you do not have to. Dont use grocery bags, single plastic bottles (buy gallons at least or drink filtered tap in water bottle for sports), try to buy thinks more in bulk is what I mean, instead of small butter tubs buy one big one.
@Amanda81587 (3046)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Well they are getting you to recycle so its one less thing they have to do. When they take your trash it goes to a place where they open it and sort the recycled items anyways. So either way your trash is being recycled. They just want you to do it for them so thats less work they have to do. With where your money goes is beyond me. I am sure that it goes to the city or country where you live. I want to recycle but I don't have room for 3 trash cans in my little appartment but when i own my own house i will definily recycle!
@dfollin (12768)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Yeah,but my point is that all that stuff is in the landfill.
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@karagala (447)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
The focus should not be directed so much on the fine but on the little help that you'll be doing in recycling. Almost everything theese days have to do with money. Had it been the prehistoric times we would only be exchanging stuffs like if you need my glass and I need your spoon then all we have to do is exchange and we'd both be happy. Today, exchanging is seldom practiced and the first thing we would think of when someone violates rules and regulations is a fine in the form of money. But if the authorities would be more creative there are indeed other forms of fine - like what happened to our co-employee in one city here in the Philippines. He was jay-walking. The traffic enforcer did not accept money but my co-employee was made to sweep the streets for certain amount of time. So maybe all it takes to be a little creative.
@karagala (447)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
What I don't like about recycled stuffs though is that it is more expensive than the ones not recycled. How would that encourage people to buy recycled stuffs and help save the earth?
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@Annie2 (594)
• United States
26 Jul 08
We do not have laws (yet) forcing us to recycle. We are encouraged to take our things to the recycling places ourselves. Our town has recently started giving every home a huge trash can that is to be placed out by the street for pickup. So it looks so strange now with all the houses lining up the same garbage canisters all up and down the street. Everything placed in those canisters is to be in bags. We are not allowed to put yard or tree clippings in them. If one canister is not enough, you have to purchase any additional ones. I can't afford to buy trash bags, so I just use the grocery bags and tie them shut. They want the things in bags so the stuff won't dump out all over the streets when the robotic arm of the trash truck picks them up and dumps them. I can't imagine someone coming by and looking into the trash cans to see if there is a recyclable item in the trash and then fining the person for it. I sure don't look forward to that happening. But, I feel it is inevitable and the new trash system they've just implemented is probably the beginning of that. I recycle newspapers by using them for my dog in her litter pan for poo and pee. If we have to recycle paper, what will I do about that? I don't think they'd like that in with the papers part of the recycling bin! ;-)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Is it just me are do all the states have so many rules? I live in Texas and we don't have rules..They offer recycling but it is not a law,some do it & some don't..I have read a lot about different rules going on in different states and we do not have rules like that in Texas..Since i do not recycle i have no idea what they do with the fine money,but i would bet it goes into the pockets of the ones who made that rule...
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Recyling is a wonderful thing. The landfills are full because of people who choose not to recycle or from small towns that don't offer recycling - like mine. I've tried asking for the option to recycle - they don't have that here. Its so stupid. When I lived up north every week we had enough recycleables that we filled two bins. So now I guess its all going into the landfill and I just hate that.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jul 08
We no longer need to wash or tie our recycled goods. I guess our city bosses decided that the people at the recycling plants were just sitting on their duffs, playing cards, and drinking coffee. But this part about not using plastic bags, do they want to go back to the bad old days where you carry a paper bag full of garbage and the bag drops off? Not everyone has a compost pile. As for the question, if they want you to tie the recyclable stuff as neatly as possible, why have they not built a plant where they can refine the stuff? Why put it in the dump? I think the money goes to buy the city fancy furniture. Because we recycle and yet they have put cameras at traffic stops to make more money.
@AmbiePam (50099)
• United States
26 Jul 08
The landfills are full of the plastic bottles because they aren't the ones being recycled. I can't believe people would actually get fined for not recycling everything possible! Wow! My parents neighborhood just got a special cart for things to recycle. Like plastic water bottles, milk cartons, or pop cans. They charge a monthly fee for the service whether a person uses it or not, and they do use it. So do I. I'm careful to take the labels off my water bottles and rinse them. As long as we do that, we're good. The recycled water bottles end up in the right place. It's just getting people to recycle that is so hard.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Hmm. I see your reasoning. Are they saying specifically that your city's landfills are full of plastic bottles and stuff? If so, does your city's landfill belong solely to your city..or..? If other cities put their stuff there too, then it makes sense. Your city prolly did the responsible thing (though I highly disagree with trash inspectors finding someone for not recycling...and I do actually care about the environment), but the other cities may not really care and dump all the stuff there without going through it or anything. I mean...if cities had people to work more with the trash, to go through it, sort it, have stuff that can be recycled, recycled...burn whatever can't be used, put scrap in the scrap yard, etc, etc...then that would create more jobs. Just going, "Meh. *dump*" doesn't help anything. Even though it takes some work to do what I'm suggesting above, it's very good for the local and overall national economy...which is, in turn better for society and teaches people the truth about trash. Unfortunately, most city officials don't seem to be extremely thorough people. Or logical ones either, I guess.
@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
26 Jul 08
There are less labors in your country and the salary is high. So the government urge you to sort this thing by yourselves. In our country, there are so many people and some of them make a living by recycling. They travel around every residental area to purchase plastic bottles and old paper then sell them out. And the environment protection and sanitation department can easily recruiting enough staff because labor is cheap and abundant.
@dizzy90 (36)
• Romania
26 Jul 08
First of all, the recycling idea is a good one, we need to improve not to destroy this planet's resources. I think recycling should be done by people hired by the goverment, and do this. Not to fine people for having recycled trash in their trash cans... AS well for the fine money, i think thei're going to their pockets :)
• United States
26 Jul 08
My family and my boyfriend's family always recycle. How can you not? You get a lot of money for those cans and bottles.