3.25.2010

Day 191--- Recycling Gone Wrong...


In this day and age, when politicians would have you believe that we are running out of trees, water, and air the global community has all started to become a bit more conscious about what they waste. We recycle bottles, cans, pizza boxes, and anything else that we might be able to re-use. I get this, I recycle, and I feel nice about doing my part I really do, but the line I draw is with these next people... Plastic bag re-users...

Like I said before I am all for recycling, but where do you draw the line? About 8 or so years ago, before places sold re-usable bags, and before places would charge you extra to use their bags, (at least in the US) I used to work at a grocery store as a cashier that allowed me to have a very brief, yet interesting look into peoples lives. Some may even think this is where I began my people judging abilities, but that was actually somewhere between wound and first step I'm sure. ANYways, obviously I got to see so much diversity between people where I worked, but one of the groups of people that always stuck out to me were the people who insisted on re-using their bags... Their were really only select few of these bag-huggers back then, so when I had them through my line once I never forgot who they were. You see, these people weren't just about recycling, no no no, they were about some OCD irrational lifestyle that just so happened to present itself in the form of 9 year old, non-gently used bags.

They were the kind of people who would lean way over the counter to make sure that I was not injecting their fruits and veggies with some sort of wasteful venom. They would hound me item after item, telling me what needs to be bagged with what. To which I, on more than one occasion would say, "would you just like to come over here and do this, it may be easier that way." (Hey I wasn't four-star cashier for nothin)... These were the people that were stuck in the lifestyle somewhere between a hippie, paranoid schizophrenic, and a hoarder. I bet I could follow them home to find 7 cars in their front yard, and every piece of paper they had ever touched piled throughout their house. So while some people see the re-use of plastic bags as a noble thing to help save plastic trees, I see it as a sickness, and if it is not a full-blown sickness just yet, it is at least the gateway drug to other crazy behavior. You start out saving plastic bags, next thing you know you are 56 years old, single, and have somehow managed to house 13 cats at once.

So take this as a warning. Don't stop recycling, but I suggest finding other uses for those trusty ol bags just to keep you on the safe side... You could pick up dog poo with them, even if its not from your dog, I suggest you pick it up so I don't step in it. You could use it as a trash bag. That's what I do... go me. You could save it for one of those nights that you bring home a butterface, poke a few holes to let her breath and you are good to go. I have heard that they like the plastic way more than the paper bags, which makes sense, too many of them were getting thick ass paper cuts on their neck and shoulders. Give them to a homeless person, they are always looking for new luggage. Pack a lunch in it. Tie them over your shoes in a rainstorm.... OK I'm reaching now... bedtime...

Disclaimer. Im sure we would be better off just not using them at all, but they are cheap, and so are companies, and humans so I don't see that happening any time soon.

18 comments:

Alissa said...

I can attest to the fact that plastic bags are perfect for dog poo. If one really feels compelled to reuse them indefinitely there are crafty ways to fuse plastic bags and stitch them together to make a more permanent bag.

Lluvia said...

I recycle. I don't re-use plastic bags. I buy the cloth kind that you always see near the register. Plus, many stores give you .05 cents back for every back you use. It's not a lot, and I don't care for it, but we all need to do our share.

haha...! You should go and observe the people at Whole Foods. We live across the street from one (so we go there often), and yeah, very interesting people that take recycling to a whole new level.

I just do basic stuff like separate plastic, paper, and glass and put it in bags in the garage. We have a recycle man as well as the garbage man who comes to pick up your recycled stuff.

ahlin said...

hahahaha i have totally seen those people before. weird....

ScoMan said...

I pictured old people, and I pictured them telling stories about each bag.

"This bag, it was a hot summer Wednesday, no I think it was Thursday, anyway, I had just made a cup of tea and realised I didn't have any milk, so I walked..."

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Amanda West said...

That is hilarious!

My dad saves plastic bags and puts them in a box right inside his front door. He's a farmer, so when he's too lazy to take his dirty boots off to come inside the house just to eat or use the bathroom, he ties the bags around his boots, like little booties.

It's funny to watch him walk around. And he once went to the bank, forgetting that he hadn't stopped at home first to change his dirty boots, and put bags around his boots before he walked in.

This lady I know that works there was like, "Your dad is soooo sweet! Instead of treading mud all over the carpet like other men, he put Wal-Mart bags around his shoes first!"

I just died laughing.

crystal wine glasses said...

When i delete files form recycling bin are they really gone?

crystal wine glasses said...

If I wanted to get a file that someone deleted then emptied from the recycling bin, is it possible for me to get it back?

crystal wine glasses said...

There are still traces of it on your hard drive until you have written over it a few times. It can be recovered by using a file recovery program.

Home for Sale said...

Recycling paper and glass uses up energy in the recycling process so, if you can reuse them first, this saves more energy.

Home for Sale said...

The use of the "recovered" material is not necessarily reuse in the same form. For instance, glass collected from recycling boxes may be used as hardcore for road improvements.

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Website Developer India said...

if we recycle the poly bags, we can get more energy and can save it.

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Yes.To recycle the polythene, get plenty of energy..

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How to retrieve the file if they permanently deleted from recycle bin?

Web designer India said...

Yes..When i delete files form recycling bin are they really gone?

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