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Where I live, to have a curb side recycling bin, you have to pay a fee. My husband and I aren't in the best financial sitation to be paying monthly at the moment, so I have been driving our recyclables to a free drop off center. Unfortunantly it's about 25 minutes away so I was only going if I had to head out that way.
Well I just found out that there was another drop off center only five minutes away. I took some things there today and now I can set up an actual system to recycle.
Yay for a closer (and free!) drop off for recycling. That sucks that they charge for curbside. Frustrating! I bet your area would do tons more recycling if they stopped charging extra for it. My parent's city doesn't have curbside or even a close recycling drop off, so they refuse to recycle. I've written to their city myself.
There is a reason, the dark side of recycling. Many of the recyclable materials are shipped over to Asia in order to be made into new goods. In fact, it's controversal whether or not recycling computer paper and plastic is better or worse for the environment. To recycle plastic, more energy is used to create something new than it to create something from scratch. But plastic will sit forever in landfills. Computer paper, the ink often contaminates water. I don't see how any of this is more green than throwing it away and I'm not sure whether or not it's best to just let this stuff sit in landfils.
Metals and electronics are the best to recycle. Especially electronics because many are now made from rare earth elements.
Basically when we pay to recycle, we are paying for those objects to be shipped to Asia, the workers in the US to sort the materials, and the tranportation to the US recycling center.
I don't understand why we don't have the factories here in the US.