Recycling rip off

Citizens, those poor consumers, are called, with the help of brainwashing type publicities, to take the responsibility for recycling. Either,Recycling rip off citizens are asking for it… People want to be very responsible towards their planet. They want their government to be as well. Just like municipalities and businesses.

But all of this has a cost. What is that cost ? Nobody knows, and nobody really wants to know! Why ? Because the recycling calculus is very complex. And we are not sure that we want to know ! Here is the recycling rip off working… let me elaborate…Of course, pollution is harmful for the environment. Very harmful. Everybody is agreeing on that point. Worst, at this day, it is not imaginable to unpollute the air. Water, earth, it is pricy but feasible. The air isn’t. With its consequences like a whole in the ozone and the global warming.

So this is it, everybody is recycling. We wash our plastic, glass or metal recipients. We throw them in our recycling basket. Those baskets are collected and transported at the recycling factory. The material are treated, classified, compacted and stored. Then, they are transported elsewhere by truck, train or even by boat overseas. What is the cost of this process ? And there are still missing elements to take in consideration. Just for fun (or to make us cry) lets try to make a summary list of the cost and sources of pollution resulting from this decision to recycle…

1. The washing made by the citizens :

  • water (cold and hot)
  • Soap (most of the time not biodegradable)
  • Processing of used water
  • Operation cost
  • Chemical products released in the environment
  • Heating of the water (using of electricity or heating oil or propane)

2. Construction of the recycling baskets for the citizens :

  • Conception of the baskets (design, etc.)
  • Plastic
  • Where is it from ? (made out of essence, extraction, refining, pollution)
  • Transportation of the plastic to the basket factory
  • Price of the trucks
  • Price of the transportation (essence)
  • Price of the maintenance of the trucks
  • Pollution

3. Building of the baskets :Recycling rip off

  • Maintenance of the factory (lights and heat)
  • Electricity of the machines
  • Maintenance of the machines
  • Storing of the baskets (stockroom to heat)
  • Workforce for that process
  • Workforce to pay for that process
  • Transportation to go to the factory (pollution)

4. Transportation of the baskets (towards municipalities, cities and distribution) :

  • Truck
  • Price of the trucks
  • Price of the transportation (essence)
  • Price of the maintenance of the trucks
  • Pollution
  • Management of the distribution (bureaucracy, papers, communication, etc.)
  • Workforce for that process
  • Workforce to pay for that process
  • Transportation to go to the factory (pollution)

5. Picking of the recycling baskets :Recycling rip off

  • Truck for the picking up
  • Price of the trucks
  • Price of the transportation (essence)
  • Price of the maintenance of the trucks
  • Pollution
  • Workforce for that process
  • Workforce to pay for that process
  • Transportation to go to the factory (pollution)

6. Factory for the classification of the materials picked up :

  • Maintenance of the factory (lights and heat)
  • Electricity of the machines
  • Maintenance of the machines
  • Workforce for that process
  • Workforce to pay for that process
  • Transportation to go to the factory (pollution)

7. Stocking of the classified materials :

  • Cost of the storing
  • Workforce to pay for that process

8. Transportation of the classified materials

  • Transportation can go towards re-using factories ( this can be by truck, train or boat)

9. Processing to melt down the metal :

  • Heating to melt
  • Pollution
  • Storing

10. Processing for recycling the paper :Recycling rip off

  • Whitened process (chemical pollution)
  • Water (cold and hot)
  • Soap (most of the time not biodegradable)
  • Processing of used water
  • Operation cost
  • Chemical products released in the environment
  • Heating of the water (using of electricity or heating oil or propane)
  • Storing

11. Processing for the glass

  • Heating to melt
  • Pollution
  • Storing

This list is far from being complete and I don’t act like I am an expert about the recycling process…
But I truly believe that we should start a reflection !

We are aware that there is a major impact when we throw away recyclable things to the garbage towards the dump. However, it seems obvious that the recycling process involves a lot of money and is probably more harmful to the environment then the act of throwing things away.

It seems vital to review our recycling model and start to question ourselves. Furthermore the paper price dropped from over 100$ to 5$ for a metric ton.

One of the advantages of the recycling process is all the employment of that work chain… But is it enough ? Since, we need to remember that it is not the goal.

They are many other alternatives more relevant then recycling it self… First, we would have to stop over wrapping and buy locally. Here are two actions that have a direct impact right at the source.

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