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How can the "blue-bag" recycling program possibly work?

The blue bags with recyclables is thrown in the same truck as the regular garbage, and then it all gets crushed together. I've watched the garbage truck do this, and I know that the bags split open and burst when they are crushed inside the garbage truck. I've heard the bags popping and the sound of glass being crushed, and I asked our garbageman about it and he said that when they dump their load, everything is just a big stinky, slimy mess, and it's impossible to separate anything. Plus who in their right mind would want that job?

Asked By: Geena E - 9/11/2008
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Unfortunately pick-ups like you describe are still common. The blue bags are a great idea but if the collection service (private or public) is not seperating the bags then the resident is merely adding blue color to the compactor contents. I have never heard of anywhere that would attempt to hand seperate trash after... More
Answered By: howrudun - 9/12/2008
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Obviously your community's recycling program is not working. You should complain or at least bring it to the attention of the facilitators of the program. If it is a private operation and they claim to be recycling, then they should be held accountable. Speak up. It may be the only way to get that program to actually... More
Answered By: poobah - 9/11/2008
 
Newer garbage trucks have separate compartments. one for trash, and another for recyclables. they both get compacted to save space. other trucks pick up lawn clipping's and turn them into mulch or dirt.
Answered By: ziggy54166 - 9/11/2008
 
It doesn't. If you live in Chicago, I have known businesses that are grouping together, and having an outside recycling company come pick up their recycled goods to insure that they do get recycled since the Blue Bag really seems to be just a lie. It costs a little extra, but for what it does by recycling, it's worth... More
Answered By: Jonny B - 9/11/2008
 
My community has what is called a MRF, materials recovery facility. We used to use the blue bag program and all things were hand sorted on conveyer belts, the blue bags were pulled and sorted seperatly. It can be more effective than just putting things into the garbage. We now have several mechanical sorting elements... More
Answered By: whsgreenmom - 9/11/2008
 
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