I understand your desire to have recyclable materials placed in your aptly hued green bin. It clearly yells, “Hey, don’t just toss me in the back of the truck with that regular trash, I can be turned into another Pepsi bottle for just three times the price of making an entirely new bottle!” And, as a properly conditioned citizen of planet Earth, I always do my part to sort cat food tins from non-recyclable salsa containers.
The problem, sirs, is that I don’t have a green bin. It would seem the prior residents of this address had lost or stolen their bin, or were thoroughly against recycling altogether. Given the nature of their home repairs, anything is possible.
Not having a bin yet, but amassing a large pile of plastic, glass, cardboard and metals, I placed my entire stash of recyclables into a garbage bag and placed it at the curb, lateral to the official city garbage can. Yes, this is exactly where I would put the green bin, if I had one. I even left the top of bag slightly open and angled to the street, simply to be sure you would not mistake it for regular trash.
Imagine my surprise when I returned home from the office to find my trash can empty, but large bag of recyclables just where I left them.
What is your problem?
There is no special lift – I’ve seen you bend over and pick up the green bin, shake its contents into your truck, then place the empty bin back where you found it. Why could you not pick up my plastic bag, shake its contents into your truck, then simply throw away the bag. Hell, you could even throw the bag into my now-empty trash can. I don’t mind!
My neighbor put out his green bin this morning and it was empty when I came home. In fact, I remember he had put his recyclables in a PLASTIC BAG, in his bin. If my bag had been surrounded by a green bin you would have picked it up?
I understand routines; we all have them. But maybe – just maybe – you could have broken from your catatonic routine just long enough to pick up my bag of valuable environmental waste.
So, I am still the proud owner of one large garbage bag of plastic, glass, and metal containers. It’s actually heavier now after sitting through an afternoon of torrential rain.