Every so often, I’m going to mention one of the reasons why recycling, something everyone should be doing, is sometimes too much of a pain in the tush to make it worth the hassle. Some people, like me, suck it up and try to follow the rules as closely as possible (and often fail). Others just say, “screw it,” and throw their bottles, paper and cardboard in the trash.
When I see a plastic bottle fall out of a trash dumpster, I always want to curse the laziness of the person responsible. But, then I have to remind myself that, while the people who don’t recycle generally just don’t give a rat’s patoot about the planet, there’s a reason for their laziness.
Read the recycling guidelines of the county I live in, and you’ll get the idea. Somerset County in New Jersey actually has one of the more aggressive recycling programs in the state, but the rules they impose on the average citizen can make anyone’s head spin.
Here are but a couple of examples of what they want the average harried suburban housewife or househusband to do in order to make sure everything gets properly recycled: