Recycling or Relocating?

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Editor: It seems our collective efforts to sort our trash is mostly a waste of time.

Recent data reveals that less than 10 per cent of plastics are actually recycled because we lack the facilities and costly equipment necessary. Therefore, most is sent to Africa and Asia, causing much pollution and sickness.

Our hot beverage cups contain an insulated liner, deeming them non recyclable. 

Much of our paper products are simply disposed because of dirt and contamination.

No surprise that the recent waste calendar mailing contained no data about the progress and benefits of responsible recycling residents. Instead it mostly instructs folks on how to sort/discard material, in turn assisting municipality contracted companies in the time-consuming, tedious, dirty task. 

Other countries ought not suffer because of our trash. Shame on our leaders for failing to demand accountability from the recycling hires.  

Reduce…Reuse…Reconsider.

 

Richard Smids

Chatham-Kent

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