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Recycling: A Broken System

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On February 5, 2020
Recycling is completely, irrevocably broken, like the planet’s ecosystems. See Baltimore County, Maryland (which is not the city, but the suburbs): Baltimore County officials revealed this week that the county has not recycled glass materials for about seven years, though they are strongly urging residents to continue placing the items in their recycling bins. The […]
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Waste Workers

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On May 29, 2016
Tonight, I put out my trash and my recycling. What will happen to it tomorrow morning when the workers come pick it up? Almost no one thinks about this. Especially when it comes to recycling, we are convinced of our own good behavior to an extent that we usually assume that something goods come of […]

Battery Recycling

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On May 31, 2013
As I’ve said before, the recycling business can be pretty nasty. We say something is “recycled,” which really means “I think I did something good and now I don’t have to pay attention to my role in the consumer chain.” But the reality is that once we put stuff in those nice green bins that […]
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