Today at work we watched the trash man come pick up the cans of garbage. He then grabbed the recycling bins, and tossed them right in with the garbage. We could not believe what was happening. We spent time separating the recycling, breaking down all the cardboard boxes, and rinsing the handful of plastic juice jugs we go through every week.
Do you think your separated items make it to the recycling center or to the landfill? If people start seeing that they are separating their items for no reason, they will stop doing it. That will be bad for everyone. Then the people who are paid to pick up the recycling will be out of a job, and the landfills will start to increase it size, and we will need more.
What can be done? Is your town a recycling town? How good is the program?
All I know about my recycling program, is what I can and can not put out on the curb to be recycled. After they pick it up I don't know what happens, I have a sneaking suspicion that it ends up with all the other trash.
I would like to hear about your towns recycling, have any of you had this same problem?