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February 28, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Recycling: blah or not blah

I hate recycling.

So boring. Wash, rinse, and repeat. Ad nauseam

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The garage is dark and full of terrors. Startling flying roaches certainly qualifies as terror.(© image.)

Things recycled, repurposed, rebranded, and renewed:

  • Terms: From “having roommates” to college-style dorm, or 70’s commune, it’s now “Co-living”. Sounds trendy. Sophisticated. Grownup…sort of. Unlike previous generations who couldn’t wait to get their own place (even with the orange crate and cinderblock furniture), these groups want a herd hedge against loneliness. Recognizing a need, many co-living facilities feature a sort of social director who organizes pot luck dinners, art therapy classes, and other gatherings in the common areas. Agencies match up residents (often raised as team players or by helicopter/snowplow parents and they now find themselves unskilled to manage this on their own?) like a dating site: vegetarians with vegetarians, party crowd with party crowd. Call it what you like, Moms are just glad to have kids off the couch and out of the house.
  • Entertainment: Is it an echo or is it Memorex? A constant stream of recycled movies and shows: “West Side Story”, “Cats” (new version with “some improved visual effects” ), and “Call of the Wild (with a computer generated dog – no woof!). Live action “Dumbo”, and “Mulan” (despite protests by the Chinese government) along with 19 other animated Disney shows getting the updating). Endless versions of the “Lion King” (animated, stage productions, ice shows…and now “re-imaged” with photoreal CGI-animation) Please stop rewarming the same old leftovers!
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There have been some brilliant sunsets after the cold fronts roll past and clear the coast.(© image.)

Recycling, you know, paper, cans, bottles, now trashed. Tossed as in totally finished?

  • There’s the local battle of the bins. Neatly stack appropriate items in an open cardboard box (clearly marked in large letters “recycle”) and it gets passed right by and left on the curb. The city has decided only stuff in blue bins will be picked up…and not the regular, easily carried, don’t take up much room blue bins we’ve always used. Only materials in the giant 4 foot clamshell topped blue bin that are too big to fit in garage will be collected…because it’s safer and easier for employees. Really? Sigh. Oh, they cheerily say you can buy special green plastic bags if you don’t want the giant bins. Buy plastic in order to recycle. Double sigh.
  • To make it even more fun, picky picky: what is acceptable to recycle. Not glass, the most useful recycled material (too dangerous for our employees). How about all that shredded paper? Nope. That stuff is too fine for sorting machines to grab so it just ends up floating around the facility like mosquito hawks. How about paper straws? Nope. Paper straws have a little coating in the inside and also absorb liquids in use, to too hard to clean. How about crushed water bottles? Nope. When crushed flat, the sorting machine can’t identify them and those get kicked out. Stacks of paper? OK only if stacked and not tied as strings get tangled in the machine. Companies built sorting machines to make it faster than hand sorting and to protect workers from injuries. Big expensive machines. Only now the machine is dictating necessary changes in human behavior instead of changes in its’ behavior. Seems weird.
  • We’re running out of room in landfills, islands of tossed stuff are floating around the ocean, yet recycling is being dropped by many communities. Partly because there’s no longer a big demand for products made from recycled materials and other causes have become more popular…despite the fact that waste is a growing issue – literally and physically. Methane gas is released by landfills…just like cows – and in about the same percentages.  Methane can be captured and used for energy…if anyone wants to recycle that. Crickets.
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Sunset reflections across the waterway.(© image)

No need to pile on.

It is what it is.

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Same waterway during daylight – with look twice reflections and a local resident fowl. He’s really loud if you intrude for too long. He’s coming! (© image)

Just go around the rocks and roll with it.

No complaint from here if you want to recycle some of that Beach Boys era music or road trip songs to accompany arriving warm, sunny Spring days.

Music: KonMari for the brain.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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It’s sunny. It’s warm. The pool is open. Recycle joy endlessly. (© image)





  1. Curt Mekemson / Feb 28 2020 12:12 pm

    Good stuff, Phil. A couple of additions. While I find the social director bit silly in communal living, compatibility is always a factor. Just like in marriages although much easier to get out of. Grin. I suspect that much of the drive toward shared housing is pure and simple economics. I know people living in the Bay Area and earning $80,000 unable to get housing because it is too darn expensive.
    Recycling. 100% in agreement. The response of America’s supposed creativeness to recycling is absolutely sad. Up until recently a major solution was to ship our ‘trash’ to China. And then China refused to take any more. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 28 2020 1:58 pm

      HAHA – who hasn’t had a horror film worthy roommate tale? Complain and get told “Well, work harder and earn enough money so you don’t have to have roommates” HaHa. I find it humorous that a news anchor was breathlessly introducing the next segment on co-living as if it had just been discovered and was a ground breaking new idea – and there was too be a segment following it on “What do their Moms think of co-living”. Geesch. We’re done.
      Sharing rent is the only way when you start out…or it used to be. These new specially built complexes are pretty cool as the living areas (separate rooms/or curtained bunks depending on price live, a common kitchen, long community farmhouse table and long line of computers at work counters) come completely furnished with really cool furniture and weekly housecleaning is included. It’s a deal and a real step towards independence.
      One resident said she preferred it to her previous apartment because she worked all day in a cubicle and saw few people then she came home and was lonely – others who work at home don’t see many face to face people either. May be an affordable, safe option to live well between graduation and a better paying job.
      Thanks for sitting around to chat for a bit. Have a great weekend!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Feb 28 2020 12:47 pm

    Last year our recycler came out with new guidelines. Now it’s hard to know for sure what gets recycled. Some items like greasy pizza boxes were a no, then a yes, then a no again. Sometimes I think it’s all a trick and everything go to the landfill.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 28 2020 1:35 pm

      Have been going over the “new” guidelines here. The paper straws – after all the publicity and push to get rid of plastic ones, surprised me.
      Maybe they think if it’s complicated enough, we’ll just give up – whoo-ho! It cost the city more to recycle than just dump.I have seen the collection guys toss both trash can stuff and recycle stuff into the same truck – only one run that way. Discouragingly, the bottom fell out of the sales for recycled materials years ago as people stopped looking for items made from that. The city does have a series of big bins in a location where you can drive up and recycle materials there…just like people did years and years ago. Enough re-runs to make you dizzy?
      Cure for that is to have a great weekend – hope yours is heels over head fun.
      Thanks for sorting out a comment for here

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  3. sustainabilitea / Feb 28 2020 4:20 pm

    My husband is always sending me articles or reading them to me about how lots of things we think are recyclable aren’t and then if one wrong thing gets in there, the whole load is no good, etc., etc. It’s depressing. The whole cows and methane thing really annoys me. Free-range, so to speak, cattle and therefore grass-fed, are fine. Let’s get rid of factory farms. Entertainment? Not many new movie ideas out there.

    Yikes! That’s all a bit depressing. Enjoy your Friday and weekend. 🙂


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 28 2020 5:42 pm

      I found it interesting that the research group agrees with you – cows on a good diet not a problem…dumb anyway…like saying sailboats’s through hull potties are causing all the pollution in the ocean (and yes, that was a thing once)
      Wrapping paper is iffy recyclable…honestly there’s a weirdness with all the sudden requirements to recycle…excuses to just not provide the service to residents ’cause it’s just too much trouble?
      While it’s said there are no new story plots / conflicts/ characters under the sun – please try something original…too much too easy to simply copycat with a little twist or adjustment here or there. There is creativity in each generation – fo goodness sakes go find some. Would be such a nice surprise to find character driven solid story…but that does take a writer.
      It’s a warm free range weekend – hope yours is smilie. Thanks for plopping down a comment

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  4. shoreacres / Feb 28 2020 7:46 pm

    At least they seem to have electronics worked out. When my printer died and I had to buy a new one, I took the old one over to the electronics recycling day at NASA. They’ll take everything from tvs to old phones, as well as more traditional items like microwaves, stoves, and such. But paint? Even over at Kilgores, they don’t have a clue. When I asked the old guy who’d been there forever what to do with old but still liquid paint, he said the only thing he knew to do was fill the cans with kitty litter and then look for a hazardous materials day — somewhere.

    Remember paper drives? Everyone used to have a box on the bac porrch where the newspapers went. Now and then, a church group, or Boy Scouts, or someone would have a paper drive as a fundraiser. And of course we always took our soda bottles back to the store. Those nickels added up!


  5. Littlesundog / Feb 29 2020 6:50 am

    Oklahoma is pathetic with recycling. Recently, the little bit that was done here dropped off because it was costing too much to support the programs. So we’re back to no recycling. Years ago we could not get rid of tires that had been dumped on this place – there was no place to take very aged tires. So FD and I put them on a trailer and hauled them to my brother’s place in Nebraska. In Lincoln, every few months there is a pickup location where a person can take larger recyclable items at no charge, Nebraska has a wonderful program for all sorts of recyclables. I know driving up there with a load of tires probably is frowned upon, but it beats chunking them in the countryside which is what folks in Oklahoma do. I’m just appalled at it all.


  6. colonialist / Feb 29 2020 10:42 am

    It keeps you fit. Cycling and then re-cycling!


  7. jacqueslebec / Mar 1 2020 9:11 pm

    Six years ago I decided to make a goal of zero waste. I started raising Earthworms to consume my waste paper and cardboard. My colonies consume all of the boxes, newspapers, paper towels, garden, and kitchen waste. I use wood waste, leaves and old straw for my wood projects as well as adding to my raised bed garden boxes. Everything is used except plastic, boxes with silkscreen labels, animal waste, and meat. It’s the plastic that is the big problem as you note. The worms will process animal waste, meat, and human waste but I use the castings for fertilizer; there is a chance of introducing pathogens to my vegetables if these items are fed to them. I may start a colony with what are my taboo foods but I won’t use the castings on vegetables only flowers.
    Good interesting post.


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