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Responsibility for Separating Recyclables Now on EU Homeowners

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One of the best ways to increase recycling rates is to take the complication out of separating the recyclables you need to dispose of. Whether a depot has a catch-all bin that is later sorted by machines or workers, or a facility provides separate bins

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Ben O (171)
Monday November 4, 2013, 5:06 am
When I was separating recyclables 40 years ago, most people thought I was insane...
(Well, they didn't understand what it was about anyway)
Today it's the most natural thing to do in Sweden. So, was I right, or was I right...???

Kit B (276)
Monday November 4, 2013, 6:13 am

I think it makes people more conscientious to have to wash and separate those things that can be recycled. Many may disagree, but many also will not take the time to wash a can or glass jar/bottle before tossing it in the recycle bin. It's our home, this planet, take some responsibility.

David C (25)
Monday November 4, 2013, 6:19 am
> One of the best ways to increase recycling rates is to take the complication out of separating the recyclables
recycling (esp. at consumer-level) is largely a myth (never a cycle but at best a downward spiral...) and most of it's advantage is that it educates people towards consumerism+garbage AVOIDANCE, which advantage is mostly lost if some nanny system takes "care" of the seperation ...

What's needed is NOT so much an "increase of recycling rates " but a REDUCTION of consumption. About 50 times more garbage is produced by industry+businesses than by consumers.

SuSanne P (193)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:56 am
Thank you Cher. I'm with you Ben as I remember when recycling began in CA. decades ago and we received 3 teeny (about 3 gallon) bins. We were instructed to wash the cans and bottles and remove labels. I was happy to comply as well as everyone I knew. The families that partied and drank cases of beer each week provided extra income to those willing to redeem for cash!
I would go to any length to recycle and go out of my way to help those who don't. For those who know me it is not unusual to see me with a separate bag picking up all the garbage that gets tossed aside. It is mind boggling that people throw trash along every inch of the sidewalks when there are trash bins at the corner. If I had the initiative I would redeem for money myself, but then I would need my own personal storage bin which brings me to a disturbing piece of news I heard some years back.
I don't know where or when I heard this but it was many years ago. I heard that a good portion of our recycled items were dumped into the landfill due to the fact they couldn't separate and dispose of due to not being able to keep ahead of this. There were not enough employees to keep up with the demand and that while sitting in storage (and taking up more space and money) the paper was molding due to non separation of paper and rotting matter. I heard that these warehouses dumped diseased moldy products into the landfill by the tons. Has anyone information re: this? It WILL NOT deter me from doing what Kit refers to as our responsibly, as humans.
I must agree to a point with David C. that a REDUCTION of consumers is a huge problem. What seems like a no brainier to me are old not to many. Just yesterday I went to the nursery with a friend to purchase a couple plants. OF COURSE I HAD MANY BASKETS as always. He knows my RADICAL view on this and as he purchased one tiny pony pack of cauliflower he refused to allow me to carry it for him in my basket and let him use it as long as he needed it. Hell he has bags IN HIS TRUNK. When I saw them wrap this in a plastic bag (still legal in this particular town) I immediately said please take a little cardboard box. HE REFUSED AGAIN. I like this person, but am so disgusted at this behavior I am at the point of not spending as much time with him other than working in the farm. Sorry for the RANT...

SuSanne P (193)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:03 am
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SuSanne P (193)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:05 am

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:30 am
Like Ben, we've been used to this for decades and every homeowner and landlords for apt. buildings have their different recycle bins outside(glass, paper, plastic and other wrappers + cans, landfill, compost and recently also old electric) But we need not wash things, that's machine done later) thx

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:33 am
Ya know........yeah, it's one of THOSE rants.....

OMD...a little 'personal responsibility' again....GASP. And just what is so wrong with people taking responsibility for their OWN MESSES?????? Once they get into the habit of doing it, it no longer is such a CHORE. Like anything else, it becomes second nature to do it and move on to the next task. Sheeeeesh. Do you all know just how much I would dearly LOVE my sorry town to recycle????? Not them, too 'costly' and get this...yes they actually have the balls to say profit in it. They glass over if one starts ticking off the BENEFITS to recycling....they do not want to hear it. They do NOT care. Anyway....
The people in the EU should not get their panties in such a wad about bins. I would not care if I had 10 bins in my driveway or in my back yard to recycle. Yes, it's a task, but one can do it once a day or evening and be done with it to the next day, like making their beds or feeding their pets...what is the big damn deal. They can't be any more stressed out daily about life in general than we are yet millions in this country have no problem doing this for themselves. They need to just buck up and get over it and do what they gotta dew to get it done. It has nothing to do with being in a nanny state or not. If one wants to live in a pig sty then don't participate, but don;t expect your neighbor to enjoy your laziness or help you out with in just because you don't want to expend a little personal effort to help the planet, yourself, your family or their future. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

SuSanne, you are better person than I, I wouldn't do that for someone who is WILLFULLY stupid about it and LETS YOU do his part for him. No frikken way, Jose, outta me. I WILLgo out of my way to help someone who has less than I or is more disabled than I or is Elderly. That I have no problem with but someone who just doesn't feel like it.....NO FIKKEN WAY.

OK, my rant is done. I'll shut up now.

PS: I reuse what I can and do not buy what I do not need since this bagger owned town refuses to come into the 21st century.

Robert O (12)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:34 am
Thanks Cher.

Alexandra G (250)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:43 am

Sara P (57)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:52 am
Thanks for the info Cher, Italy is trying to do a good job!

kate K (481)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:11 am
Thank you Cher. Great proposal

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:23 am
noted refuse reuse recycle

Maria S (95)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 5:31 am
Noted. Thanks Cher!
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