there’s always big money in waste and pollution

we've seen this many times

Plastic bags. Everybody hates them, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba even
banned them, China is considering doing the same. Here in
North America, though, plastic bags will likely be around for many
more years. Why? Because even if we don’t want them,
someone is getting very rich producing them.

paper or plastic, sir?

It’s estimated that 10% of all petroleum produced becomes
plastic bags, which are often used one time at best and then
sent to the local landfill or more likely seen blowing around
uglifying the local landscape. This wasted petroleum could
easily be used for something else that consumers really
want or need. But it won’t be, instead corporations and
our governments will sit on their hands while billions more
unwanted plastic bags are produced daily.

Some interesting facts on recycling:

Throwing away an aluminum can is like pouring out six ounces of
gasoline. Last year americans recycled enough aluminum cans to
conserve 15 million barrels of oil

Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000
tons of waste creates six jobs: recycling 10,000 tons of waste
creates 36 jobs

National recycling rate of 30 percent saves the equivalent of
more than five billion gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence
on foreign oil by 114 million barrels. This could be even higher

Recycling 35 percent of our trash reduces global warming emissions
equivalent to taking 36 million cars off the road

~ by judohobo on February 14, 2008.

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