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RE: [greenyes] "we don't really recycle, so why should I?" myth,
I totally agree with you but I also want to add that there, unfortunately,
is some validity to the complaint.  Maybe more than we realize or want to
admit.  We need to address that as well.  I'd say 9 times out of 10 the
recyclables collected do go where they're supposed to, but it still is tough
to explain that to someone who has seen their bin chucked in the trash

Over the past few years I've seen just about every hauler in my area throw
some recyclables in the trash.  I'm talking a bin here and there.  The local
recycling officials do their best, I believe, to follow up on the problem.
They assure me, and I believe them, that this is rarely happening and that
overall our programs are doing a good job.  I remind them, that I took the
time to rinse and sort this stuff and wasted my time.

A couple months ago I happen to be home when my recycling was being
collected.  They don't normally, but the trash truck was following the
recycling truck.  When I saw the recycling truck drive by (miss) my street
and the trash truck on its way down I knew what was coming next.  As I
yelled out the window "don't throw that in there!" I heard the stuff hit and
then the guy heard me.  Needless to say, I haven't put the bin out at the
curb for months.

I don't think it's just an issue of a PR campaign of "recycling really does
happen" but it's also an issue of coming down hard on the haulers that think
it's okay from time to time to do things like this.  Or the haulers that
drive the recycling truck to the landfill and empty it there.  When the
public sees this sort of crackdown and attitude, I believe, they will have
more faith in recycling programs.

Steve Weisser
Lancaster, PA

Stephen N. Weisser
"Close the loop with us"
GreenLine Paper Company

-----Original Message-----
From: RicAnthony@no.address [mailto:RicAnthony@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 12:43 PM
To: pcrecycles@no.address; greenyes@no.address; RECYC-L@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] "we don't really recycle, so why should i?" myth,

In a message dated 4/9/2003 7:24:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
pcrecycles@no.address writes:> The cleaning company at our college has a
> bad image, in so much as many faculty and staff believe that they do not
> really recycle their paper in the offices, but simply throw it in the
> trash.  While this is not true (!),.... In an attempt to dispel this "we
> don't really recycle, so why should i?" myth, ....

Michael Moore who wrote "Stupid White Men" has a bit on why he doesn't
recycle.  He doesn't believe the stuff really is recycled and he has tells
stories about Cities where companies have been seen throwing away separated

We need to discuss this emerging excuse and how to counter it.


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