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It’s not the weight, it’s the volume…

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?’

Of course, I try to recycle as much as possible, but some bits/pieces of junk are destined to avoid my green bins. IMG_1774IMG_1775

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.)

IMG_1773My 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.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

2 Comments on It’s not the weight, it’s the volume…

  1. Bob Furstenau // October 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm // Reply

    Your are a good man Dave!

  2. You have the right thinking! Unfortunately most of the people don’t really care. Recycling is really great and I hope that in the near future it will become a global practice!

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