Taking the gayness out of recycling

I have a recycling bin, I chuck everything in it…everything, it is much easier than actually giving a shit about recycling. Turns out this is the best way to encourage recycling.

In Houston, for example, they want to construct a high-tech sorting facility that would allow 75 percent of the city’s trash to be recycled using technologies from the mining and refining industries (residents put everything in one bin; technology handles the rest). In Boston, they want to put more youth data in the hands of parents and empower them to share it more easily with educators, technologists, and researchers to ensure the best programs for their children. Even in a smaller town, like Springfield, Oregon, they are trying to create mobile primary healthcare that combine at-your-door service with telemedicine technology in order to reduce EMS and ER costs. 

Here is a Waste Management video of a similar facility:


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  • toby_toby

    Speaking of gayness in rubbish collection… Auckland Council wants to adopt a scheme whereby we have a bin (yes, yet another bloody bin) specifically for organic material to be separated from general refuse. The idea to to stop plant and food waste from going to the landfill. I simply cannot understand the need for this. Organic stuff comes from the ground, it can go back into the ground where it will naturally rot away because its… you know… ORGANIC. It doesn’t need to be separated!

    • Saccharomyces

      Sweet as, I compost – not for any stupid greeny reasons, but I like growing some of my own vegetables. Sounds like the council are going to give me a new bin to hold my kitchen scraps in before adding to my compost system!

  • Or why not incineration?. You recycle all the metals, no need to dig a big pit in the ground for fuel, a tiny amount of waste going to landfill. The tree loving Danes do this. And we get electricity to boot as well. No sorting required.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Everything comes out of the ground, it will end up back in the ground one day