I find it very ironic (and even called Groot and questioned them on this) that the recycle bin is smaller than the garbage bin. Shouldn't this be reversed, seems to me that everything today is recycable. The CSR rep at Groot was like, "I don't know, but your right ladadada"
so much for going green I guess
I'm a residential garbageman for Allied waste, so I feel obligated to share a little knowledge here.
First, people are ignorant and lazy. Not everyone of course, just the vast majority. We've tried systems to promote recycling with mixed success. Some people don't believe that we actually recycle what they put out and others believe that everything is recyclable. Technically, it is true, but impractical. When we pick up your recycling, the facilities we take it to are only set up for certain commodities. Paper, cardboard, metals, plastic and glass. Curbside recycling isn't set up for wood, foam, fabric, food waste, or other materials. It's all possible to recycle, but would be to costly and hard to manage. Styrofoam, for example, can be recycled only if it is not contaminated at all. That means you'd need a completely separate truck or compartment on an existing recycle truck which was clean.
Second, due to our limitations and peoples apathy and laziness, trash volumes far exceed recycling volumes. Prime example; I have a recycle route tomorrow which will be about 7 tons max. It encompassed one entire trash route, 2/3rds of another route and a townhome complex off a third route. The first route yields around 20 tons, the second about the same so 14 is 2/3rds ish and the townhomes about 6. So while the trash guys will pick up 40 tons of trash, I'll pick up around 7 tons from the same houses. 20% approximately. It varies from area to area, but people aren't doing enough to recycle to make it worthwhile for the companies to outfit people with bigger containers and the equipment to handle them.
It pisses me off a little when I see people who go out of their way to recycle living right next to people who don't have a clue. I do trash 3 days a week and it is amazing how much more people could recycle if they would just educate themselves and make the little extra effort. I'm not talking about going all hippie eco green here, just the little things. Like when the recycle bin is full, put it in a bag marked recycle or another can, don't just throw it in the trash.
Oh, also, diapers, grass and shoes don't go with your curbside recycling.