If you think you’re helping the planet by recycling, think again. From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this revelation about where the stuff we recycle is ending up.
I had my suspicions this was happening late last year when our Council ran its annual kerbside hard rubbish collection.
We’re asked to put waste items in nice neat heaps, separating glass, plastics, furniture items, metal, computer parts, etc. They even offer a prize for the neatest set of separated rubbish heaps. In previous years a number of vehicles have come, each taking a single type of waste away. We’re led to believe that most of it will be recycled.
Last year, I happened to be outside when the (single) truck came and I was disgusted to see everything thrown into it while a huge compactor crushed the lot into mixed debris. It was obvious the whole lot was destined for landfill.
So much for recycling! If I’d known that was going to happen, I would have tried to freecycle some of it.
So the lesson is…if you want to help the planet, just consume less and don’t produce any waste.
Incidentally, it’s always been illegal to help yourself to someone else’s rubbish after they’ve put it out. I didn’t know this until recently and one year, scored a very good second-hand bath which now stores extra water for me.
I suggest next time your local Council holds a hard rubbish collection, you get out there early and see what goodies you can pick up.