Stop calling it garbage
Few things, once they are used, are actually waste material. Among such things are broken glass, latex gloves and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled.
“Waste” is created when materials that are reusable (like old furniture), compostable or recyclable are mixed with non-recyclable materials that contaminate them.
In the News
David Nanney, a supervisor at Recycle Central, the recycling plant Recology operates in San Francisco to sort bottles, cans, and paper, noticed the occasional BART ticket moving across a set of screens inside the plant.
BART riders often have multiple tickets with remaining value and some people toss them in their recycle bin. But because the tickets are made of a very thin plastic and are lightweight they present a unique challenge inside the plant.
At Nanney's suggestion, plant management enlisted the help of the recycling sorters to watch for the occasional BART ticket and toss them in special collection boxes.Read more...