I started wondering if the culture up here predisposes people to take ownership of these issues. They've seen a decline in the logging and fishing industries due to exploitation. It's not an affluent region and
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are approximately 8,660 curbside recycling programs in the United States.
second-hand clothiers like Guy Frenchy's and Bargain Bob's abound. Junk shops are also common and there's joy in bargain hunting. Generally, it's a frugal, waste-not-want-not place.
When I spoke to Sally Steele, Lunenburg waste reduction coordinator, she added that the severity of the climate here helps people work closely together, gathering wood or sharing tools, for example. She heads up an educational program that introduces "green teams" of students who take the recycling message to other students. In schools, trash is sorted in lunchrooms and classrooms. The recycling motto here is "Reduce Reuse Recycle."
So would such a streamlined and aggressive recycling system work in Florida [or other places in the United States]? It would certainly reduce the times we put garbage out, perhaps to once a week. It would also make us take more ownership over our waste, over the environmental impact of our lives. Maybe it would even accomplish the goal they've set up here: to make consumers consider avoiding overly packaged items and avoiding unnecessary purchases altogether. After all, how much stuff do we really need?
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