Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shady DC Recycling?

the rumor mill (which i'm unabashedly perpetuating here) in my office building has it that dc doesn't actually recycle. i imagine this is somewhat a sensational account with some certain truths in it. the official stats are that my building does recycle. but that the garbage guys perhaps don't. so now it comes down to a matter of trust- do i trust the dusty dc cogs and wheels to actually recycle the stuff i put out there? one office here certainly doesn't- an employee hauls their paper off personally in his car to his local recycle center. but i don't have a car and it's impractical to carry officeloads of junk (cough, i mean recyclables) through the various modes of transportation i use to commute.

i'm not a recycling junkie (whether i should be is another story). i love putting stuff through the shredder and opt for new pads of paper instead of reusing scrap. i also get annoyed at having to rinse out aluminum/plastic cans/bottles (admit it- you do too). i just think that offices use way too much paper and that it shouldn't have to take up ungodly amounts of space in landfills.


one more thing:
you know what use i don't mind seeing trees donate of their resources to? paper ballots. my county uses computers, and i think i speak for more than just myself when i say that it makes people uneasy for good reason. happy election day!

2 comments:

laura said...

I've heard that sometimes they don't actually recycle the recyclables because people are putting too many non-recyclable items in...

stmargaretsdc said...

DC definitely recycles - but you are right to be wary of what service your building uses. You should check out the carbonfreedc worksop ok dec 2 which is all about local recycling issues. Go to http://www.carbonfreedc.com to learn more and RSVP.