Saturday, October 30, 2010

Getting Complicated! Source Separation...


Yesterday, i started to write about 3R concept and will continue with Recycling today.
So, here we go!

As i wrote and everybody was aware of, recycling is not the best option comparing to REDUCE and REUSE. However, it still is a way to replace our virgin sources. The best way to recycle our wastes is 'source separation' which means no mixed-waste. There are many categories and sub-categories that you can seperate your wastes. Glass, plastic, metal, paper, food, electronic, hazardous wastes are the ones that come to my mind at the first place. However, it is not only about separation, but also keeping them clean. For instance, when you collect your paper waste separately, you need to be sure that there is no food residual which makes the waste contaminated. i know it sounds weird: you are not allowed to 'dirt' the dirt. In universities in which try to reach 'zero waste' level, paper cups and pizza boxes are put in food residuals to compost. Napkins as well. For plastics, it is a bit different. i mean you do not need to be that 'clean', yet still, you need to remove food residuals roughly. Same, for others.

However, there is also many critisizm about RECYCLING. Some people say that, recycling actually do not work since we can call it as 'downcycling' instead of recycling. Unfortunately, they are true since when you recycle, you can hardly keep the quality of waste.However, it can be the other way around as in the documentary WASTE=FOOD. Really nice documantary, and the book mentioned in documentary is one of the essentials on environmentalism. Do not worry, i ll say the name of the book :) it is CRADLE TO CRADLE. i ll not talk about documentary furtherly since it will be one of the topics of next month, Sweet November!

One more thing about recycling and i ll stop, enough lecturing for today. Although recycling is not the bestsolution for environment, it helps another problem not to explode: land-filling. There is not that much space on the earth that both we and our garbages can live. So, make your choice: either them or us!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Keep your waste clean!
2) Your waste can be someone else's treasure!! (not my words:P)
3) Check that news to learn how people got 'creazy-creative' to spend less money! ('Reducing' is about keeping your money in your packet as well. Do not get stingy, though!! )

Tip of the day: Buy eco-labeled products!


PS: Tomorrow, i ll write about why people do not recycle.