by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
This video explains, though a little tongue in cheek, what I have been saying in several of my pieces over time too as regards to recycling and all that.
Much of what we have been told about recycling, and the mantra has become one of “we must recycle more, and more and still some more”, rather than the original one of “reduce, reuse, recycle”, is false and is not because our governments and industry are concerned about the environment and the amount of refuse. Recycling is big business. But when there is a glut of recyclables then then what happens? They go the normal route, namely to the landfill and in fact even when there is not a glut many of them do.
The most important thing for us to do to reduce waste going into the waste stream – and I include the “recycling stream” here – is to reduce the waste that we generate and then we must learn to reuse and upcycle before we even consider any other option. That way we save money and keep stuff out of the trash tips.