Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Perplexing Plastics (De-sorting Garbage)
Not too long ago, someone let me in on a disappointing secret: our plastics are not recycled, they're burned. I haven't found more details about paper, but based on the sorting in Nishinomiya, a different municipal district from where I live, I would guess the same is true. It is a little perplexing to me. Why? Why do we sort these from the "burnables" if they are burnable? I would have guessed that they have a separate burning process, however, if they are dirty (for example, a pizza box, or the wrapper from butter) they are put in the regular burnables. So the regular burnables are able to handle them. So then they are burnable. I just don't really understand how this works. Or why it works. Apparently Japan only recycles about 21% of it's waste. PET bottles, cans, and glass. Why all this sorting??? Should I continue to put in the effort of cleaning my plastics to make them plastic worthy? Does it matter? I live in a world where I must abide by rules that don't make sense to me. I need an existential director to give me my motivation. Why do I put the plastic container in the plastics?