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Interesting post. I have always recycled things I could use in some other manner. Since they would pick up stuff I have done it that way for the disposables. Packaging is a real culprit in this whole thing. I think a lot of this effects the personal environment as much as global. It is stressful to have so much stuff.

posted by Justi on May 20, 2008 at 5:17 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Sam444
Yes, you're right, Sam, that's another important way to recycle, more than the disposable, as you put it. I use things in art, old to make new. I give new life to old objects, especially in the garden, things which could have gone to the dump but which now have pride of place: old watering cans, enamel jugs, a tin sitzbath turned into a water garden. Old sweaters felted and turned into something else. Old clothes cut up as dungarees for grandchildren, or at worst as paintrags or dusters, the list is endless.

posted by shahdlou on May 19, 2008 at 11:26 PM | link to this | reply

My grandmother was great on recycling, but of course she lived through
the great depression.  I watch what i buy and you have given me even more wonderful tips on recycling , i already have a compost pile. We Americans need to learn from the rest of the world about recycling and less materialism.  Thanks for a great post.

posted by callista22001 on May 19, 2008 at 4:28 PM | link to this | reply

I think it is so important. I have recycled for years. My recycle is always more than the disposable.  sam

posted by sam444 on May 19, 2008 at 10:58 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Greenfields
It's just that India is an enormous country and there's "room" for refuse, compared to Japan say. It has also, until recently, been a developing country, so more things were fresh, less processed, and more made at home. It is also a country where you have shops and markets that you go do daily. You do not, do you, do a weekly shop as in towns in America? Things have to be wrapped up more to keep properly and possibly to go into the freezer.

posted by shahdlou on May 19, 2008 at 8:58 AM | link to this | reply

Re: ZenMom
Well I don't know if I find that so surprising, I'd rather be a teacher than a garbage collector, and it would take a lot of money to make me take the job Also they work quite unsociable hours. It's not fair that unskilled workers doing jobs we don't want to do should get paid a pittance. Why should a footballer, who after all, is only doing what he love doing, and is probably no good at anything else anyway, earn millions?

posted by shahdlou on May 19, 2008 at 8:54 AM | link to this | reply

Yes, and in Japan they have to wash everything. I expect we'll have to one day. All in a good cause. The smaller the country, the more care they take, the less room there is for dumps everywhere and throwing litter around.

posted by shahdlou on May 19, 2008 at 8:51 AM | link to this | reply

In India
we have a way to go.  We recycle a lot but are not vigilant about separating garbage.  In the old days,we wasted nothing.  For example, we never bought yougurt in cartons.  We made it at home, an we still do.  Sometimes we buy it. Nowdays we use a lot of plastic, but these are also recycled.  We can learn a lot from you all in Europe.

posted by Greenfields on May 19, 2008 at 8:38 AM | link to this | reply

You are quite right to say that here, in Germany,
everything is being recycled. Even in the shoping mall or at the train station: there are always at least four different bins side by side: Plastic and containers, paper, glass and waste. The first time I saw one after arriving here, I must have walked around them 2-3 times before someone finally helped me out. You see, I had a plastic glass and was not sure if it was acceptable as plastic or not because there was still a bit of juice inside. It turns out that yes, if it is plastic, it goes in. But we still are far from Japan where you have to use many different bags with your name and address on it. So that they will know who to send a fine to if it was not the good stuff in the good colour bag. Talk about big brother! LOL

posted by auslander on May 19, 2008 at 8:21 AM | link to this | reply

Already............very interesting. I enjoy these "details" of everyday life. I do hope you will consider posting some pictures (eventually). 

I live outside Chicago Illinois. Our town picks up garbage once a week. And, we also separate recyclable items (paper & cans) into a separate bin. They have recently updated our "bins" so that the garbage collector doesn't even have to get out of his truck....a large mechanical "arm" comes down, hooks on to a metal bar on the bin and, picking it up........dumps it into the truck. And, here's a embarrassing fact; our garbage collectors get paid MORE than most teachers here in the States. Question Mark 

posted by ZenMom on May 19, 2008 at 6:43 AM | link to this | reply

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