Interesting article. People are lazy, make it easy for them or they’re not going to do it. And let’s face it, a little recycling is better than none, right? Single stream may degrade the materials and amount, but isn’t that offset by the fact that more people will do it?
These days, some cities are making recycling as mindless as possible by implementing "single stream" recycling, in which paper, metal, plastic, and glass are all mixed together in one bin. Should this be our standard nationwide? Proponents argue that it makes people more likely to recycle; others counter that the quality suffers. Miller is all for simplicity, but says single stream "degrades the material and reduces the amount that can be made into new products."
So at least our nation’s law makers are giving it a go….
Nancy Pelosi swept into the speakership in 2007 with an ambitious plan to reduce House energy consumption by 50 percent in 10 years. At the time, the House alone was responsible for producing 91,000 tons of greenhouse gases, an output equivalent to the emissions from 17,200 cars. Now, sugarcane plates and cornstarch cups have replaced Styrofoam and plastic in congressional cafeterias, waste is composted, and the food is often local and organic. Four hybrids have been introduced into the Capitol fleet, energy-saving vending machines have been installed, and the Capitol and House office buildings draw part of their electricity from wind power.
Well, some of them have… Senators Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), both from major coal-producing states, have blocked any effort of changing the fuel source of the Capitol Power Plant, DC’s only coal plant and a serial violator of the Clean Air Act.