Virtually every bit of trash and litter I collect goes into recycle bins. Most of it, if not every last piece, should be recycled. At least I hope the debris is treated as reusable.
As a former news guy, I’m chagrined that more angles, tangents and spinoffs of litter control haven’t been pursued.
Hopefully that is about to change.
I intend to send a note to Charlotte’s Solid Waste Management department asking to visit their recycling center(s). We all deserve to see how so-called recyclables are actually recycled; where does the material from our bins go, who laboriously sorts through it and how much actually is reused.
If the department grants me access, there should be a plethora of varying news items and photos that come out of the visit.
I mean, it’s one thing to corral litter along our walkways and streets but it’s quite another thing entirely to see the bounty you pick up actually work its way through the belly of the recycle process beast into another serviceable product.
So we’ll see where things go from here. As they say, ‘Stay tuned.’
I’ve wondered in prior posts if someone was beating me to the punch – that’s said in a good way – in terms of trash and litter collection along my daily path. Some days there are stretches that look a little too clean, a little too tidy.
Finally, I have my answer. It’s a guy named Wes.
I wasn’t 300 yards into yesterday’s walk when a man is seen walking towards me along Sharon View Road. What’s in his hands is unmistakeable: plastic. And there’s only one reason for the fistfuls of junk: he picked it up.
Since I had a bag and this good samaritan didn’t, the offer was made for him to dump his haul into my bag. We introduced ourselves – his name is Wes – and talked to each other for a moment. He’s since become a Pick Up Your Path subscriber.
It’s great to have him on board. Now, if we could only enlist another few thousand like him …