“Youre wasteful, you’re damaging the world, you need to re-structure your behavior to solve the problem”
Here’s what the powers that be would like you to believe. In reality, our landfill space is overflowing because, and i’ve said this before, everything we buy comes in massive glossy packaging and is designed to break instantly. There are very few retailers left, we can only buy what’s available. The people selling this shit need to re-think their behavior, not us.
“Recycling is good for the environment”.
Common misconception, but recycling still uses a lot of energy. When we recycle, we ‘reduce’ the environmental impact of our waste, but that doesn’t mean the end result is actually ‘good’ for the environment- its just less bad. Its like how they advertise hybrid cars as though they’re trees or something; Its still a gas burning car!!!- i assure you it is not GOOD for the environment.
“Recycling will solve our landfill space problems”.
The world is littered with dumps, if these dumps have no value, corporations will never touch them. If, on the other hand, our dumps are filled with a high quantity of metal, glass and decomposing organic matter spewing methane, corporations will eventually go back to them and try to reclaim some of these valuable resources. However, they would prefer we act as diligent recyclers, its much cheaper for them to process materials that have been cleaned and sorted; the public does all the work and the government pays for it- its a corporate dream come true. The public should be throwing everything into the dumps. As resources become more scarce, the value of these dumps will just keep going up, enticing companies to open them. Its like what happened with oil, they sucked all the easy sources of it out first, now they’re forced to derive oil from more costly sources- sand/ocean. The more valuable materials are left in our dumps, the sooner cleaning them out will make sense for the corporate bottom line.
So what really happens when you recycle? I work with a guy who worked at a recycling depot. He said most of what they process secretly goes into landfills. He saw it happen on a daily basis. Even the good that you think you’re doing doesn’t exist. Then there are the millions of tons of materials we ship across the ocean to China, where it is processed and shipped back here as shitty consumer goods. Billions of tons of pollution thrown into the air and water so that the same materials can be resold to us over and over. It would be logical and environmental to instead build quality goods here that last, but logic and the environment don’t often align with profit.
The corporate powers realized that through years of pushing consumerism, resources and landfill space were becoming scarce. They freaked out: ‘oh shit, are we going to have to pay for this’. So they invented recycling, thereby downloading the cost of their actions onto the public. You wait, we’ll end up paying for how they fucked up the air and the oceans as well- and they’ll make us feel bad about it in the process.
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