Monday, December 05, 2011

Pilgrim, We're All Muckrakers Now!

With 2 years under my belt of taking out our big blue plastic bin to our curb each Friday filled to the brim with empty water bottles, cardboard packaging, newspapers and the occasional glass bottle, I am beginning to feel positively planet-friendly and a little partiotic to boot. I recently read in my local yocal news upcoming plans to extend our city's recycling program to stage 2: cutting down garbage collection from twice a week to one, and swapping out blue bins from the present size to one a whopping cavern 3 times its size, so big it comes with its own wheels on the bottom.

Then, as I was preening in Do-Good-Glory, I read this:
Recycling Is ... Garbage: Rinsing out tuna cans and tying up newspapers may make you feel virtuous, but recycling could be America's most wasteful activity

Now, I've been spot-on smart at calling out how the Clean Energy Movement underplays the pollution created by their energy sources of choice and overplays the energy sources they hate. I'm on the job 100% not letting myself be sucked into believing that we can actually DO something about climate change, because the facts clearly indicate that changing our entire economy and society to combat it is a pipedream theory at best.

But I guess I under-estimated the ability of Reduce Reuse Recycle to ingratiate itself into my life. It is after all a frugal thing to do. It plays well with my art. And I've heard over and over how it helps lessen the growth of waste dumps by forcing that which can be recycled and repurposed back out into the consumer cycle of manufacturing, marketing, mind control and materialism.

At any rate, I'm at a loss as to what to do next, especially now that I might be breaking the local law by not recycling. Your thoughts on the article? I'd love to hear.


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