Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Re Cycling and Shreveporters who separate and cart their goodies to the center: Kathryn Usher investigates
The Dirt on Shreveport Recycling
Here's the visual for a great cartoon: A woman stands in front of three bins. They are marked PAPER, CANS and PLASTIC. She places her separated trash into these containers. What she doesn't see is that under the floor there are tubes that send everything into a trash truck headed for a landfill.
THIS ISN'T HAPPENING IN SHREVEPORT!
A post at Shreveport.blogspot.com on September 16 entitled "Garbage and the mayoral candidates" worried me enough to leave a comment. It was about the efforts to green up Shreveport.
After reading it I was concerned that my newly separated cans and plastic bottles were landfill bound. I blogged about it at my myspace site. Noma suggested contacting Liz Swaine. Here's what she had to say:
"Yes, there is always a market for aluminum. I also did some checking and found out that your plastics are being recycled, too, so you ARE making a difference! Here is the response I got from our superintendent of solid waste on the question: Plastic received at the Recycling Center is dispersed nation wide and processed to construct everything from polyester used to make carpet and other products containing polyester to new products made of plastic. Several of the companies we use are, Clean - Tech, a company in Dundee, Michigan and K. W. Plastics, in Troy, Alabama."
Didn't ask about newspapers because I don't recycle those, yet. I mostly reuse them in the litter boxes (yes we have two, sometimes three).
About the picture: These are cans waiting in my kitchen to get squished.
posted by Crazy In Shreveport @ 7:51 AM
At 9:19 AM, Noma said…
What about the gobs of heavy paper I'm driving to Centenary's Recycling dumpster? Did she say? Do you know?
At 8:18 AM, Crazy In Shreveport said…
Well, um, I didn't ask about paper. Tag, you're it. You get to ask about that one. I'm afraid she'll think I'm stalking her.