We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Know why Sweden claims close to 100% diverted from landfill? They burn their trash at high temperatures in furnaces designed to help generate electricity. Their trash couldn't possibly provide much electricity, but they have generation plants which can be used to burn their garbage. Even so, they still recycle the wait stuff, like glass, cardboard, paper...
When I was a kid we had a bucket buried in the yard that we would put kitchen and table waste in. A couple times a week some guy would pull out the bucket and dump it into a truck where it was taken to farms with pigs who would eat it. We would sell (I mean my brother and I would pull our little American Flyer Wagon through our neighborhood asking for paper, cloth and metal) which we would stack up and once a week stop the "recycling guy" on a horse drawn wagon and he would buy it. .05$ a hundred pounds for newspaper. I can remember doing this with my older brother from age 5 until I was 13. The guy with the wagon was an Italian immigrant who couldn't find another job. He sold it to someone and made a few pennies per hundred lbs.
Incineration of garbage for powergen is a small scale way to do the right thing with garbage. I think people are willing to sort their garbage, they have just gotten cynical about what actually happens to it. We recycle our glass, aluminum, and paper at the curbside. I stopped doing the plastic because it just goes to the landfill. I built a composting crib in the backyard, out of sight, and it gets the food waste (no meat), in at the top and layered in with composted cow manure. It's about 4 ft tall, and I have a gate to pull it out the bottom by shovel as it fills up. Beautiful stuff, and the crib has naturally become an earthworm condo.
The county to the west has a landfill that has been around 30 years with the gas pipe sticking up and it is stinky with some section 8 housing right across the street.
Metal recycling is common locally and prices are up under Uncle Jo Jo, a contractor's bag of smashed cans will bring in about $40.
Keeping grocery bags in pants for refuse/debris pickup even if it will be right back by tomorrow morning.
Capitol City provides orange tubs for recyclables and pick up is on a different day while asking that you sort items by type.
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This was 20 or more years ago. Our local grocery store (one of the big ones) in our suburb of Denver had a big dumpster with a Recycle your Newspaper sign on the side. We dutifully collected our weeks' worth of the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News and deposited it in the dumpster. And then patted ourselves on the back for being environmentally responsible citizens. Truth was the dumpster full of newspaper went directly to the local landfill. Fool me once... I still attempt to recycle but recognize the folly. Unless it is aluminum cans or plastic--I like my fleece jackets.
I remember when I lived in an ultra-blue county and they tooted their horn about single stream recycling and how high their recycling rate was. I was cynical. They made it sound like recycling was sorted at their facility and so much of the "recycling" was recycled. A few years later, my cynicism was born out: the cat was out of the recycled bag. It was all shipped to China... where it was supposedly sorted.
Again, I was correct: it was just dumped in piles.
If you start talking about incinerating garbage, the Gang Green has a conniption. They don't seem to realize that technology has moved on from the incinerators of sixty years ago, belching smoke into the air.
Apparently, Sweden is a great country as far as the Blue Nuts are concerned only when it comes to their supposed "socialist" government, and willy-nilly letting in "immigrants." But mention anything the Blue Nuts don't like: not really socialist, regretting the whole immigrant fiasco, incinerating garbage -- and it's hands over the ears and "La la la la la la la la..."