Phoenix’s new recycling programs are garbage

Apr 18, 2017, 1:12 PM
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)...
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

This week, the city of Phoenix unveiled another program that is a piece of garbage: new recycling efforts!

You see what I did there?

The city is rolling out new efforts to increase recycling participation rates among its residents. You know, the green recycle bins that some of us roll to the curb each week.

They’re incentivizing residents with something called RecycleBank, a program that rewards points based on how much one recycles, read articles or participate in online activities. Participants can then use the points for discounts at local restaurants or for certain awards.

The city also announced that they’re starting a composting center and a textile recycle center.

This is government nonsense at its finest!

There are some statistics that Phoenix seems to be overlooking when planning to expand recycling efforts. I’m talking about the statistic that almost 70 percent of all items that are sent for recycling end up in landfills.

That’s right my green peeps: All of that sorting and recycling that you do is for naught.

Why is that? It’s because there is not enough manpower or facilities to meet current demand. I think you see where I’m going with this — the demand and participation rates are already too high.

So why is Phoenix going to use your tax dollars to incentivize an increase in participation rates for a program that can’t handle CURRENT participation rates?

Here’s the ultimate political move of this program: The city’s goal is to be zero-waste by 2050. That’s 33 years from now.

Tell me this: Do you think any of the politicians that are agreeing to these wasteful (again, you see what I did there?) programs are going to be around or even alive by 2050?

No! They don’t care if this works or not!

This is just playing to their green base by spending tax dollars for programs that they can point to during an election.

How about we simply spend the money on meeting the current supply of recycled materials before we waste time asking for more?

Michael Russell

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Phoenix’s new recycling programs are garbage