Wednesday November 15, 2006

I’m glad to see that our decade-long (+) experiment with recycling is finally coming to an end. Obviously it was a stupid idea from the get-go, thinking that ordinary people could be bothered to separate their recyclables from their garbage. Update: Liveblogging the workshop: “Sejias: This was meant to be an all day workshop and we are now just two commissioners. Sometimes I’m here all by myself.“ So it’s official — nobody cares.

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  1. Harlan Erskine    Wed Nov 15, 11:34 AM #  

    strange it works in new york because it is mandatory. I’m sure it would work here if people cared about the future but we all know we don’t care about the future in Miami just our tans.

  2. alesh    Wed Nov 15, 01:30 PM #  

    The system is pretty fucked up. It’s collected on a completely different schedule from regular trash, and no effort is ever made to remind people to do it. In Europe, every single public trash can has three compartments, which has the secondary benefit of reminding everyone that recycling is just the norm.

    the Miami-Dade system would pay for itself if it was more universally used.

  3. conductor    Thu Nov 16, 02:07 AM #  

    “A county report has raised questions about the program’s environmental value. It found that the fossil-fuel savings from reusing those beer bottles and soda cans may be outweighed by the 234,000 gallons of fuel consumed each year by the 50 recycling trucks — and by the pollution they emit.”

    Kind of like corn-based ethanol that cost more to produce than what it yields, thus the huge subsidies. Sometimes you have to do the logical thing and avoid the emotional thing.

  4. alesh    Thu Nov 16, 07:30 AM #  

    Conductor~ I agree. But the math works out the way it does because of the 14% participation rate — THAT is the shameful thing. Someone should have been working to increase that rate 10 years ago. But is getting rid of the recycling program really the best solution? I know you’re anti-environment and everything, but come on . . .