I have very mixed feelings about recycling. It seems that recycling metals like aluminum and such would be more beneficial than plastics, paper, etc. And people like to recycle because it makes them feel good and proactive and no one wants to be told that all their recycling efforts were all done in vain. But reducing and reusing are far more beneficial, IMO, than recycling. Reducing the stuff we buy would eventually reduce the amount of crap being produced in the first place, especially if everyone made more of an effort to do so. Than reusing and repurposing items is great - buying clothes from garage sales, thrift stores, and making do with what you have is all wonderful. Buying used cars instead of new.... etc. Never buying disposable anything, composting food waste, etc. I'm convinced that everything we consumers could possibly ever need already exists. Thank goodness for freecycle!
In our community, we have weekly recycling pick up but it doesn't appear that a lot of people use it. Regardless of how many actually use it, the big gas guzzling truck still travels every street picking it up, and this wastes a lot of gas. We also don't have the option of opting out of recycling services - we are all charged for it on our water bill regardless of if we use it or not. This rubs me the wrong way because I don't think anyone, especially on such a local level, should force me to pay for the service if I choose not to use it.
BTW, if anyone has some ideas on collecting cans without attracting roaches, I'm all ears! Aluminum goes for several dollars a pound right now but in our old house, we collected about four bags of cans and ended up with a huge roach problem because of it. Any ideas on keeping it roach proof?