Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A healthy hatred for landfills
To really understand how important recycling is, I think one must first acquire a hatred for landfills. The word itself sounds sterile and utilitarian - to fill land; a harmless act of digging a hole and then filling it up. However, a landfill is just the opposite. It is a cesspool of filth, useless and dangerous to animals and plants, a veritable image of overabundance along with rotting food and fibers. Usually they are positioned out of town so that the horrible smell and frequent truck traffic does not offend neighbors. A large portion of the bulk is comprised of paper or wood products that could be recycled. Most of the trash comes from 1) construction sites, 2) industrial sites, or 3) residential trash. New landfills can take millions of dollars to develop and years of time and effort. (Make no mistake, you and I are already paying for that.) If you have the stomach, Google "landfill pictures". Do the research yourself to understand why a healthy hatred for landfills is a good thing.
As humans, we create items that other animals don't need, thus creating waste. We have to find a way to reduce as much waste as possible and dispose of waste responsibly. I don't claim to have the answers, but I do already have a healthy hatred for landfills, and that has prompted me to start looking at my lifestyle differently so that we can find ways to reduce our footprint on this earth.
I hope my neighbors change their minds. In the meantime, I'll be carting my recyclable items to work with me.