Waste is really dangerous and should be treated as such. When you consider how badly our trash management systems need to be updated to handle all this plastic and paper and food packaging and other things, then you can’t help but notice just how poor our disposal has been. The problem is that we just don’t know how to get rid of the things and it’s very difficult to track it all down and get it all taken away.
It’s a great point and it might be good to think about how we could improve our recycling processes and how we could make them better. The problem is that we have these huge numbers and it’s very difficult to get us all in order, and when you add the cost of running them, it just seems very unattractive to do much better. This really means that for every 100 pounds of paper, plastic or any type of packaging material that gets collected, only 70 pounds makes it into recycling, and only 30 pounds into reuse.
The cost is really quite high and the amount of effort needed to bring the numbers up is quite considerable. It’s not a straightforward process either because we have all these different products and things like this and they all have to be identified and sorted and that means removing some of these products, as well.
We might not even be aware of it but we put these things into our homes and offices and businesses and stuff, and it’s quite easy to forget that we’ve done it. The good news is that you can remind yourself and take note of it.
You should also remind yourself that it’s not just your job to collect all this stuff, it’s our job to make sure that the recycling is done well and that we can get it all in order, so it’s the people who are in charge of collecting the stuff that really count. It’s the people who do the collecting who really have the power to help reduce the amount of waste that we put into the landfills and the oceans.
The amount of food, paper, cartons and glass bottles that you put into the landfills is really not just our problem, it’s a problem for future generations and it’s something that needs to be stopped. You can do your bit to remind them.