Fred Griffin: Why is Recycling not Mandatory?

Why is Recycling not Mandatory?

Do You Recycle?  In these "Green Times", why don't Communities and Municipalities make it easier for citizens to recycle?  Should Local Governments do more to encourage Recycling? Why do Homeowners Associations make it difficult for those who leave Recycling Bins beside or in front of their house? 


Sherry Scales of Austin, Texas


   Sherry Scales posted a great Blog on this topic:

    Why is Recycling not Mandatory? 

    Read Sherry's Blog, and then review the comments.









Why is recycling not mandatory?


Recycle BinsI am happy to say our community is active in recycling.  Our City Trash leaves a large green bin for trash, and a large blue bin for recycling.  Our personal recycling is usually just as large or larger than our trash.  

Not every city or town does this, and I don’t understand why not.  I have heard the excuse that it is expensive.  Well a lot of things are expensive, but it is the right thing to do. We only have one planet, and no one wants a trash dump next to their house.  Plus it adds jobs, and we know we need those.  Good for the economy also.

According to a study by Men's Health magazine, the city of San Antonio is ranked third in the U.S. for recycling. Even though Texas is the second largest by population, Houston, the largest city in Texas (by population), only recycles 2.6 percent of its waste.   Texas has been slow in getting involved in recycling.  However in 1990, the state of Texas operated 790 landfills.  By 2002, the number of landfills had been reduced to 190.

Did you know that  recycling one aluminum can saves the equivalent of enough energy to run a television set for three hours? Aluminum can be recycled and reused indefinitely without a decline in material performance or quality.  About 566 steel cans are recycled every second. Every day, Americans use more than 100 million steel cans. Glass is 100 percent recyclable- there are no waste by-products. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. They have come a long way in finding other uses for rubber tires.

I know a local grocery chain in Kansas has collection bins for customers to bring in paper, glass and plastic.

 What is your town doing?  What can you do to help?


Sherry Scales, Austin Real Estate Specialist


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Comment balloon 2 commentsFred Griffin • September 14 2011 10:39AM


Fred - great reblog and our town recycles everything. I think every town should implement a way for people to recycle - we all need to live a little more (or a lot more) greener. After all, it is our country and we'll be passing it down to our kids!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 6 years ago

In our community re have bins for recycling and cardboard, So we are very active. And it has saved us a bunch of money. It is a pain sometimes but well worth it

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( about 6 years ago