Of Recycling And The Occasional Toilet
By N3 Editorial staff
Somewhere in our area, sometime recently a conversation went something like this:
“Well now we’ve got that replaced let’s get rid of the old one.”
‘What are you thinking? Take it out to the road for the trash guy?’
“You know it’s all kind of porcelain and metal and all. I’ll bet it’s recyclable and we can take it down to the site with the other stuff.”
‘You sure they take it?
"Pretty sure. Let’s load it up."
The recycle stations located in various spots throughout the county do not take discarded Toilets.
Nor do they take Water Heaters, Furniture, Car Parts, Kids Toys, Carpeting (yes even indoor/outdoor)or any number of other...
...inappropriate items we will continue to highlight in red throughout this article.
Unfortunately this somehow doesn’t keep them from making all too frequent appearances at the sites.
The recent news about the changes in the management of the recycle bins and the collaborative efforts underway to continue the service have put a spotlight on the problem that has plagued recycling efforts throughout the country.
Recycling is expensive.
There has been a decrease in the need for the commodities and the price of dumping and transporting has increased.
Refrigerators (Seriously, people?)
That being said there is an enormous amount of material that makes its way out of our county because of the efforts of those who handle the services and those who participate.
Whoever is running the show when it comes to recycling needs to minimize expenses. Like the costly burden of having to separate and dispose of material left at the centers by:
a. People obviously unaware of what items are appropriate for recycling and which are not.
b. People who don’t really care.
We’re hopeful most fall in the first category and since good folks mostly have good intentions it’s likely a little education would help immensely.
As for those in the second group?
Well, it’s pretty tough to change even when you really want to. If you don’t feel like you need to? Then change is close to impossible.
But even a substantial reduction in the practice of dropping off random unsuitable items is going to help defray the expense that comes with helping maintain a debris-free environment in our region.
We at N3 World Headquarters and Teapot Emporium like the idea of recycling. We have engaged in it for many decades and found that in addition to helping the environment recycling creates the feeling that we’re doing something good for all the right reasons. We certainly want it to continue.
After all, it’s a good thing to recycle but it’s only a good thing if we recycle right. Learn what can be collected and what is simply trash to be tossed away.
Pool Liner (Who does this?)
And when we say tossed away?
We mean away from the recycle bins.
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