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quote:Originally posted by wimDid you know we only recycle 7% of our total plasticwaste?Did you know that recycled plastic isn't only better for our environment but also cheaper to produce?So these two facts are indeed facts, how come we don't recycle more?
quote:Originally posted by daveshortsPlastics are increadably good materials. Phasing them out wouldn't necessarily be better for the environment in all cases. For example the energy required to make a plastic pop bottle is hugely less than that required to make a glass one, and it is much lighter so you use less energy in transport, etc, etc. Often it involves less energy to make something out of plastic than to wash the equivalent glass container...
quote:Originally posted by The Silurian Prince The only plastic that is better for the environment is no plastic.
quote:Originally posted by wimIf we could conclude one thing in our way to our final presentation, it is that plastic is a beautiful discovery but we still need to learn how to use it to our best profit(s). One of the things is better recycling and recycling every plastic that is recycable.
quote:Originally posted by another_someonequote:Originally posted by wimIf we could conclude one thing in our way to our final presentation, it is that plastic is a beautiful discovery but we still need to learn how to use it to our best profit(s). One of the things is better recycling and recycling every plastic that is recycable.As I indicated above, I tend to take a middle ground. I don't believe that obsessive recycling is a good thing, but equally I can see that there are circumstances where recycling can be of benefit it is a matter of judging each situation on its own merit.One thing I do not like in the modern trend in plastics is the trend towards biodegradability. It may save on land fill sites, but no-one explains what happens to the by-products of biodegradation. George
quote:Originally posted by VAlibrarianExample: we recycle less than half of our aluminum waste, despite the fact that scrap aluminum is currently worth between 45 and 70 cents per pound. Yes indeed, we are so obsessed with convenience that we toss our soft drink or beer cans into landfill instead of turning them in once per month for a bit of cash. I submit that that is both anti-environment and anti-common sense. The end result is increased air pollution from smelting aluminum ore that should not need to be smelted, plus a wasted economic resource that could be used to keep unskilled laborers employed.
quote: Remember that we used to discard all our used newsprint a generation ago. The fact that we no longer waste that resource should show us that we can do better with other materials.
quote:Originally posted by VAlibrarianI do believe that "ill will" is a factor in the American failure to embrace recycling. I have a brother who refuses to recycle aluminum on political grounds. It's not that he is lazy, it's that recycling is an activity that he associates with environmentalist tree-huggers and he therefore refuses to accept it even though he was issued a bin and would simply need to fill it and leave it out at the curb once per week.
quote:Another example of our attitudes towards sustainability can be seen in the recent outrage concerning gasoline prices. Gas has reached $3 per gallon recently and the populace is truly outraged. This may seem odd to you in the UK since you are paying $8 per gallon for gasoline. But on this side of the pond we actually think that cheap gasoline is God-given, or at least a legal right of citizenship.
quote: Are any of us willing to drive our cars less in order to drive down prices? No.
quote:My point here is that logic is a factor in recycling- but illogic is also a major factor.