There is a lot of work to be done on recycling, and so far very little is being done.
I often go to the dump of my town and when I see what is thrown, I am horrified!
For example, it was recently installed a new large container to throw the furniture and regularly I cry
(with others) when we see the quality and good condition of what is thrown: much better and in better condition than most of the furniture I have at home.
Regularly it is large stocks of NEW and still packaged products that arrive at the dump, probably companies that go bankrupt and must empty a shed or premises in a hurry: everything is loaded into a dump truck that just dump the dump. It's a sad reality!
Another example, I am a member of a association that promotes cycling in the city
and who opened a participatory bike workshop
in a poor neighborhood of a large town: to repair the bikes we get all the bike equipment and old bikes. For years we have been trying to convince the elected officials to recover the many bicycles that go into the dumpsters dumps to restore them, resell them at a symbolic price or lend them: for now no positive return of elected officials. (We just manage to get some bikes in the dumpsters by negotiating with the complacent staff of the dump).
Similarly, we have noticed that regularly a huge stock of bicycles still in state, which have been stolen and recovered by the police in cellars, concealment facilities, or abandoned in the street, are resold. by weight
for a symbolic price to a ... scrap dealer!Last topic that ruffles the hair: food waste.
The one we regularly talk about raising our arms to heaven wondering how it is still possible in our time when so many people lack food. Regularly I go around bakeries and fruit and vegetable shops to know if I can recover the unsold products that go to the bucket every day to give them to my animals (horses, ponies, rabbits, ...).
Some businesses refuse to give ("that's bad kind ..." say some, and others, "it's forbidden to give for reasons of responsibility ..."), but nothing with other businesses this are hundreds of kg of just a little withered or unsold food the day before that could
should be recovered instead of thrown away: sometimes there are too many so I can recover everything!
And at the same time, there are many charitable organizations that make desperate calls for donations of food and who organize occasional donations of food on the car parks of supermarkets ...