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  •  boy it's SO strange, sometimes, from a left-coast (0+ / 0-)

    P.O.V., to see folks from other parts of the country, talking about recycling like it's some recently-discovered, strange and arcane activity! Good for you for your efforts, FultonDem, and I'm glad they went over well.

    the City here strenuously promotes recycling, because of the volume it does keep out of our local landfill, "Short Mountain". The last decade or so, they (the local haulers) are also picking up "yard debris" every other week (& all year long) to keep methane-producing stuff out of the landfill.

    this is a bottle-return-for-deposit-$$ state, so cans & plastic & glass soda bottles all go back to the grocery rather than the garbage.

    my city is going to activate a plastic bag ban beginning of May, I think. That is, no more of the plastic bags you pack your groceries into to transport them home. and a nickel for paper bags will start up. the plastic bags for vegetables and bulk goods, the ones bread comes in -- those are still OK, for now, it's just the ones where you see a cart leaving checkout with like 20 or 30 of those flimsy things, with like 2-3 items each, because they won't hold any more weight!

    my main grocery has been giving a 6-cent per bag CREDIT for bring-your-own-from-home's for at least a decade! and all our secondaries give a nickel/bag credit. we have about a dozen real canvas grocery haulers, some more than 20 years old. and a couple of woven baskets.

    we have a family story, about when one of my aunts went back East to Johns Hopkins for grad school in the early 50's, she got seriously asked if the train had been attacked by Indians on her trip. this recycling stuff seems like about the same level of cultural incongruity.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:46:56 PM PDT

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