Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Recycling Woes

When it comes to recycling, my neighbors are idiots. In the recycling bin I find the strangest assortment of trash. People throw empty chip bags, used paper cups, old shoes, and broken toys. And today there was this. I don't know what it is, but it is certainly not recyclable in New York City.

Random pieces of plastic are not recyclable, but neither are half of the other items deposited in the recycling can.


ettible said...

Yeah, I pretty much have no idea what's recyclable and what's not. The empty chip bag? Sounds totally reasonable to me. My landlord hung a sign on our front door with drawnings of friendly pictures of recyclables with smiles, but I still can't figure it out.

They have people on their hands and knees sorting through that stuff at the recycling center, anyway, right? I wouldn't want to take someone's job away.

Unknown said...

I'm taking the pro-globalization stance on this one. The people who sort the recycling could be spending their time in a more productive manner. By sorting our own recyclables we free up their time to perform more "value-added" tasks, like catcalling 14 year-old girls or standing in traffic selling wilted flowers.