So, the other day as I dumped yet another bag of refuse on my driveway, it occurred to me ‘How much of this is recyclable vs. what goes to the landfill?’
The hierarchy of importance to me are the non-degradables; plastic, metals and glass. Paper, yes, but not so much if it is tainted with food (and worse). (I haven’t quite figured out, yet, what to do with polystyrene foams. If you have ideas or a solution to handle this scourge of all scourges along my path, I’m all ears.)
My rough guess/estimate is that about 80% of trash picked up on my 2.5 mile jaunts can be reclaimed into other useable items. My best guess is based on the volume in the Harris Teeter bags that serve to hold the sorted and sifted debris. This isn’t rocket science by any means; indeed, numbers don’t tell the entire story vis a vis what ultimately could wash down storm drains or just simply sit there as a persistent eyesore.