As readers of my Recycling blog posts have deduced, the very foundation to recycling is provided by the township and other government agencies. Then we the individuals follow the established guidelines that are bad, fair or good. Thus, the majority of the failures with recycling are founded within the established guidelines dealing with the "business" of recycling.
Therefore, I believe for recycling to start going true green, the following first actions must be taken:
1.) All manufactures of recyclable containers and products, must INCREASE the size of the triangle that have the recycling number within, so this important information for the individual consumer can be found, seen and read easier!
2.) If already eliminated, bring back rinse out and sorting by the individual with tax rewards, not citations to penalize.
3.) Provide or Sell* multi-recycle bins on hand push cart with wheels. Each bin, color coded for designated item such as glass, metal, paper, cardboard, plastic.
*Selling these units can be done with a reward program. The individual can earn back the cost and "more" through tax rebates and / or credits.
4.) If already eliminated, bring back the recycling collection trucks with divided sections for the sorted recycled items. If the previous designs didn't work well, then re-design them!**
** In 1969 we were able to send humankind to the moon and in 1974 engineered lifting a submarine off the ocean floor 3 miles down! All the people from around the world, who made up those teams and called themselves Americans, did the impossible because they didn't believe the mission could not be done!
Now after the above has been done successfully, then we can visit additional actions such as implementing Dual System laws for manufactures. Only then can we say that we didn't squander our children's tomorrow here on Earth.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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