The Recycling Scam (general discussion)

by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Friday, July 13, 2018, 11:50 (221 days ago)

Several years ago, the Town Fathers here in East Overshoe instituted a curbside recycling program.

It started out on the classic scheme: Separate containers for glass, metal, paper, cardboard and plastic. Truck came by once every two weeks and placed your carefully sorted recyclables in separate bins/compartments on the truck.

A couple of years ago, they went to "single stream recycling" and weekly pickup. Everything in clear plastic bags or otherwise viewable containers so the pick up guys could check for garbage/non-recyclable stuff. Then it all went in the same compactor truck they used to pick up garbage, just on a different day. WTF?

I thought the idea was to RECYCLE the stuff, not mash it all together in a big lump. But, hey it was still "free" (paid for by property taxes) and it cuts down on the volume of stuff that I have to stuff into bags at $1.50 a pop, so whatever.

Now they tell me that as of September 1st, no more recycling. Too expensive. Regular garbage to the landfill is $75/ton. Recyclables is $200/ton. What the actual fuck?

I assumed (silly me...) that the point of recycling was that reusable materials were...well...reused. I was even naive enough to think that the town was being paid a small sum for the material (like I am when I take scrap metal in) or at the very least getting a better rate on disposal.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that I can still dump my recyclables at the Transfer Station for free, I just have to take the trip up every couple of weeks or so.

Hah! We ARE taking our country back. Suck it, Liberal Commies!

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