1000 Flowers for the Planet - #429 Recycle Correctly
Recycling is a complete waste of time if it’s not done correctly. In my local area we are required to put our recyclable items, all loose, into one large wheelie bin for fortnightly collection. If they are tied up in a plastic bag those items are not recycled. It messes up the process at the recycling plant. In some areas of the world, citizens are required to sort their recyclable materials into different bins at a local collection spot. The Scandinavians do this really well, but they do it well because they are reliable, conscientious people, who do things correctly, ensuring each item goes into the proper bin. The whole system would fall apart if people put paper in with the glass etc. Likewise, don’t mix up soft plastics with hard plastics if the collection only takes a particular type – that’s why there are numbers on the bottom of the harder plastics, to help with recycling. By not contaminating recyclable materials we assist the process of transforming waste into new products that can be of use. This saves valuable resources and prevents useful materials from ending up in landfill.