10,000 pounds of residential garbage/recycling is not an unusual amount for one truck to drop at the transfer station each time they visit. Since it is all in one place, a one vat system, it all gets disposed of as garbage, and 100’s of visits occur daily.
In 2013, when the zero waste reps are working, they charge $50. per drop when viewing banned items, not $50. per item. So a load may have 100 banned items in it but will only receive one $50. fine. Most waste disposal companies build this daily cost per truck into their budget, and they are getting away with it. Although they promote they are on the ‘green’ band wagon, the truth is ‘why should they care?’ One small $50. fine is pittance for the tons of garbage/recycling that should and could get separated for recycling.
The Captain would like to see a better strategy for separation of recycling BEFORE it gets to the garbage bin. It starts with the consumer, the people that care enough to separate and want to contribute to real waste management.
Call in the captain to review where recycling can be stored before getting picked up for re-distribution. The redirection of recycling waste will reduce volume in the garbage containers, reducing the frequency of pickup and therefore the cost of garbage pick-up as well, as separated recycling gets redirected.
Here is how you can help:
Form a committee in your apartment, town home or strata, distribute the information to all tenants and owners about what is and isn’t acceptable as garbage. Post this information up on bulletin boards, elevators, places where it can be read.
Our earth needs us to help:
Education is key, get the information out. Separation is not as difficult as may first appear to be. Sensible storage and regular pick-up schedules are an effective way to redirect recyclable waste. Find out how the captain does it. Call now for an assessment of your situation, it’s more affordable than you think.