"True story: I used to be a recycler.
I spent most of 2021 driving around the United States living in my car. I
stopped in Jackson, WY for the summer and picked up several part-time jobs.
One of those jobs was on the sorting line of the municipal recycling center. On
cardboard and plastic days I used a rake to fish contaminants out of the
recycling stream. And on aluminum days I stood alongside the conveyer belt and
removed contaminants by hand.
It wasn’t a glamorous job but it paid well enough. And it taught me something
about recycling that I didn’t know.
Most of the stuff you put in your curbside blue bin isn’t actually recyclable.
If you’re a proponent of recycling this article is about to crush your soul. It
will argue that recycling is a myth. In reality, the key to recycling is to
actually recycle less — not more."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics