I know that in some parts of the country recycling is mandatory, which is why I find my current situation so amusing!
After moving to a very rural county in Florida, I gathered up my recycles and went to deposit them. I couldn't find anywhere!
So I came home and made some phone calls...
Oh yes, I called every number imaginable in the book!
There are a couple of private recycling companies that would only take aluminum. (that is a start) but since there is no money in the rest of it, they don't even bother.
and... get this: I called a private company in the next county over, and they said that I could bring stuff into there, but that they usually just throw it away anyways. !?* for real? I couldn't believe some of the things that people said.
They claimed that it is usually too contaminated (mixed up) to do anything with, so they just take most of it to the dump.
WM looked promising, after being on hold for 45 minutes w/ the waste management dept. (and mind you, listening to all the pros about them recycling, and all of the good things that they do w/ it) a manager told me that providing recycling bins anywhere in our county would just not be cost effective!
The whole thing was rather shocking.
and to make matters worse, I even went to our city council meeting to bring the subject up.
Do you really want to know? it is so funny! For starters, there was a guy on the council w/ a name plate that actually said "bubba"
yeah. i know...
The city said they are not interested in providing the opportunity to recycle at all. One fellow looked at me like I was a moron, and said, "I'm sure ya think it's a good idea, but Miss, people round here just ain't gonna recycle nothin'! ain't worth messin' with."
(by the way, that is him hammering me...)
Not only have we moved into the backwoods, we have also moved back into the 80's!
So, my only choices are to haul all of my recyclables into the next county's landfill, and lie about where I live. ~or~ to not recycle.
Isn't there a deadline about when each county or state MUST offer recycling? I mean, it is 2008?