Recycling is a soap opera in these parts. Trash too. Rubbish. That's my word for it all. I don't understand how trash can be political but, here, it is. We have a private company that handles trash pick-up in our City residential areas. Out yonder, where I live, the same company handles it but it is more expensive. The City folk are on a single-stream recycling program. For those unfamiliar that is where a person mixes all their recycle materials into one container (why does that thought always make me start humming that song by The Offspring?) and then it is sorted at a holding facility by the company handling the pick-up, or whatever facility they contract with. What happens then is that other companies specializing in recycled goods buy the materials. Right now, cardboard and aluminum are bringing the best price for recycled goods. Glass is not well sought after, thus, the local glass woes have resurfaced.
Still, single-stream will accept everything, even though a disgruntled trash worker will tell you that if items are not well sought after they simply go in the landfill with everything else. The truth is they don't immediately end up buried. Instead, they are held and bidding is still done. But, eventually....well I can't seem to get an answer for that.
Add to this that if you do not live within the City limits here, the responsibility of sorting and transporting your recycled goods is left to you. This never bothered me. Recycling was just a part of my routine and once a week I would pack up my stuff and transport it to the County Solid Waste Authority (what a name, right? LOL accurate just not very sexy) and deposit it in the appropriate containers. There were also satellite drop-off sites at various locations, but most of them only took the major items.
Enter horrible budgetary decisions and even more horrible egos of local politicians and government hacks. Due to the overall cavalier attitude of the Authority, their major funding source cut their budget by more than half. Attitude aside this never should have happened. Welcome to small town ego driven politics in Podunk. To make matters worse and around the same time, the Authority then decided to abandon their home site (which they owned outright) and move to the local industrial park (with a hefty rent tag), thus further busting their budget.
Once again, they took glass off their menu because it was "just too expensive" to process. Then, last month they announced that their facility would close.
To me, this is whole scenario is the very lowest of lows with regard to politics, ego, and mismanagement. There is SO.MUCH.MORE drama that I could type about for hours but....blah....it just isn't even worth the energy.
So, what is an earth child to do???????
Well, at some point during this saga the private company that collects recycled goods agreed to pick up goods at the major drop-off sites for basically the amount of money the Authority had left to work with. So, OK, I can still manage my major items.
I colleague of mine offered to collect my glass. LOL, she does this for several people as she is a City resident. Funny how green people work together against the machine, isn't it? Sisters and brothers in arms I guess....
Even so, I felt that I should come up with an additional, more feasible plan for life. I'm in the process of doing that.
to be continued....