Blind Recycling

Blind Recycling

When I was young, I fell into the magic potion like Obelix. I still remember the exact moment when I heard about recycling for the first time. I was in first grade, in the corridor of my primary school: gray walls, mottled floor with blue vinyl plinths, it's still very clear. I was with my teacher. I was the responsible student of the day. We would carry the paper to the recycling. We had taken care of removing the pages on which we had written in blue ink, for this ink was not accepted in the process at the time. A process, which she explained to me as best, she could when I kept on asking her tons of questions. My life changed, I was struck by lightning!

For several years, I would shout loud and clear to whoever wanted to hear about it that the Holy Almighty Recycling was so important and sacred. I have converted more than one, but why?

 

I could tell you about the evolution of recycling, the progress we have made over the years, of course, with the mandatory transparent plastic bag, sorting the various materials into the bin, and now that the party is rocking, we can mix everything up. Unfortunately, it is even less expensive today to send our recycling to China than it is to recycle it here. Is it not nonsense? The sorting done at the centre, among other things, is made at great expense! One and all put what they want in the bin in order to keep a clear conscience. You know when you put plastic 6 inside the recycling knowing very well that only a tiny few centres in Quebec recycle it; all of these single serve yogurt, those fast food plastic glasses or those containers from your favourite cookies ... all these slow down processing, increase costs and we do not have on hand the technology to recycle them.

We can no longer put our heads in the sand, to clear our conscience simply by throwing items in the green bin. We have a social responsibility. We cannot claim ignorance anymore. I have recently heard that in the last five years we have received more information from all quarters than in all the previous cumulative years! That said, you probably know, as I do, that in the ocean, several continents of plastics are damaging ecosystems. It no longer time to just recycle; it's time to consume better!

Josianne Laurin