August 29, 2014

Stealth "Recycling" and the New Little Green Bin

Look at these happy little green robots and admire how carefully they were selected to represent all genders and demographics

Head robot of Portland, Mayor Sam Adams (oh the shame he attaches to that illustrious name!) tells his fellow green robots to shape the fuck up: "I want to thank my City Council colleagues for passing a measure today that makes food scrap composting possible. We’re currently sending 29,000 tons of useful food scraps to landfills each year. Beginning October 31, the new waste collection program will let you throw these food scraps in the green yard debris roll cart so they can be turned into useful compost. In addition, your collection schedule will change as less of what you throw away goes in the trash. The green yard debris cart will now be picked up weekly – just like the blue recycling cart and yellow bin – and trash will be picked up every-other-week."

The little green bin is proliferating everywhere these days. Just one more task that the green fascists have gotten all the citizens to pitch in and do. Plus you pay extra for the privilege of doing the work for the state. What a deal!

You'll recall how this make-work state project started. First you were told to bundle your newspapers and put them out in a stack. (Magazines in coated paper in a separate bundle, thank you.) This led, over time, to a glut of newsprint that put pulp mills in Maine out of business; then to such a tsunami of glut that the newspapers were going into landfills just the same. Just on separate trucks purchased and manned by the city for that purpose.

Then you were told to separate out the glass from the trash and put it in those open blue bins. Small at first but now these bins are gigundo in size and cost. This led, in pretty much no time at all, to a glut in recycled glass that led to huge mountains of glass trash growing quietly outside of all major cities. After all, there are only so many glass tiles and glass blocks that the market can absorb. Then it's right into the landfills again. On new separate trucks, of course.

Then came the plastic bins for plastic. Then the consolidation of the plastic and glass bins -- since it was all really going into the landfill it really didn't matter.

Then came the "Yard Waste" bins because, well, in large cities large cities were suppose to compost all this crap from yards into rich humus. This of course led to humus mountains outside of all large cities and programs where the cities would give you some compost if you picked it up. That you were hauling the composted yard waste back to the yard after it had been hauled to the compost heap from the yard was, well, sort of glossed over. But the compost mountains grew anyway.

At this point you had, behind your house or to the side, a trash can, a glass and plastic recycling bin, and a yard waste bin... minimum. But you do not, it seems, have enough bins behind your house since the city can, it seems, charge you for picking up each and every bin as well as sell you the bin in the first place.

This is a good deal for the city and now it seems the cities want to extend it to yet another bin. This is the small green bin for the "organic kitchen waste" previously known as "garbage" that previously went into, well, your "garbage can."

The deal here is that you are supposed to pick through your garbage with your hands and put into the new tiny green bin only the choicest bits of pre-compost compost. Then you set that bin out on the day for it's collection after a week of pawing through the crap.

That makes four (count 'em) 4 bins to keep track of and to pay for, each one more foul than the one before.

You'd think that an operation that had a monopoly on such a rich resource of salvage could make money operating it. You'd be right. It makes money by charging you more for doing its work for it. And by selling you yet another bin.

But there is hope for the guerrillas among us. These new green bins, being vile and odiferous, are the perfect means of smuggling toxic chemicals out of the house and into the landfills without paying for Hazmat service.

Let's say that, after the forced retirement of the incandescent bulb, and the forced import of mercury filled bulbs into your house you actually break one. (Hey, it could happen.) With the little green bin you can just hide the shards under the kitty litter and avoid the $2,500 clean-up fee from the EPA.

I know that lots of cities are meeting their budget shortfalls not by firing staff but by actually hiring Garbage Cops to patrol your bins, but I'm willing to bet these dolts are not going to be digging into kitty litter and kitchen waste. I'm betting they'll be the number one cops in the doughnut shops for 95% of their shifts.

So, you know that pile of old dead fluorescent tubes you've got in the garage because you're not willing to pay the city the $50 for the "special pickup?" Get yourself a teeny-weeny green bin and some kitty litter.

Problem solved.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 29, 2014 4:20 PM
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So, is "Sam Adams" trying to grow the rat population of Portland exponentially? And should I add that raccoons and other wildlife will also have a field day around these composters?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 28, 2014 7:22 AM

As others have said, Green is the old Red Guard.

Posted by: grace at August 29, 2014 5:38 PM

They truck the food scraps many miles East to be piled and turned into a fetid pile of questionable crap. The fuel alone for trucking it defeats any "green" intent they had. But now it seems that the location they choose to "ferment" this crap is getting full and stinky. The "fix"? To truck it another 150 miles at who knows what cost to a place with fewer and less descerning residents to be piled up in a green meadow in a forest. There it will no doubt sit and continue to ferment until long after Sam Adams has been placed in the ground. Eventually down the road there will be a taxpayer funded study that proves this pile of waste polluted the ground water and was amongst the stupidist decisions ever made by a politician dirtbag.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at August 29, 2014 6:25 PM

It is a religion, for those who reject conventional religions. One can sit down with a Recyclian, and show them conclusively and mathematically that household recycling of anything besides aluminum is wasteful, expensive and damages the environment. You can get them to agree to all of your points, separately.

And then they will go right back to believing that they're saving Gaia by putting that macaroni box in the bin. You can see it happen; watch the face and see all of the evidence slide away, to be replaced by happy smugness.

Posted by: Gordon at August 30, 2014 4:52 AM

They celebrate the throwing away of food, of which little folk are gargantuan. Meat products are not compost worthy.

We compost fruit and vegetable cut-offs, throw meat scraps down in the woods for the creatures, burn all paper products, crush glass and metals for the recycle plant twice a year, and try to not purchase plastics.

True recycling must start at the source rather than at the end of the cycle.

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 30, 2014 6:55 AM

So, the US spent an astonishing amount of (other peoples) sweat and treasure for a dump, in the desert, for nuclear waste....
I'm thinking the last great disposal repository effort wasted was the "Secret" bunker off the Greenbriar Hotel.
Sound the alarm, and the "important" folks would fight amongst themselves to pack the place.
Close the doors, bury it with 500' of "compost", and plant a victory garden.
It was "self contained" so Schrodinger's Cat theory should alleviate any "moral" objection.

Posted by: CaptDMO at August 30, 2014 7:28 AM

Hmm, I wonder how many pressure cookers would fit in one a those things.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 30, 2014 8:07 AM

You just know that no one is disposing of those stupid mercury lightbulbs correctly. I don't believe it for a minute. Is this not madness, to cause such an obvious disposal problem?

Posted by: pbird at August 30, 2014 8:25 AM