Recycling.

Do you know what really grinds my gears?  Our apartment complex doesn’t have on-site recycling.   Our management says the county decided not to come here anymore, the county says we stopped paying for it.  I mean, it’s totally possible both are true, and they stopped coming ’cause the management stopped paying.  Maybe.

But so if you want empty cans of cat food and junk mail in abundance, come on over to our house!!!?!

We have yet to find a really convenient alternative place to take the stuff.  Howard County’s Bureau of Environmental Services (with the delightfully choppy URL www.co.ho.md.us)  says we could go to the loading dock trailer at “Alpha Ridge” were it not for a recent roof collapse.  I think Alpha Ridge is a lunar site, though:

So, not exactly convenient.

I suppose I could learn how to crush cans of cat food on my forehead, but then I’ll just have headaches and smaller disks of metal lying around the house, unrecycled.  Do you live in Howard County?  Would you mind if we gave you our totally undiseased recycling?  You’d be racking up the karma, I guarantee.

If not, do you know of a remote site where we can bury our waste in a pressurized environment, and reap the fossil-fuel benefits of our refuse many generations later?  That’d be okay too.

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Posted on March 3, 2010, in Home Stuff and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yo ben, what about this: http://www.botjunkie.com/2010/03/03/robot-knows-how-to-sort-recycle-plastic/ For a modest $55K you could have your very own recyclebot! that should do it.

    • Now there’s an idea! Who needs a down payment– give me a recyclebot!

      Robots make everything more efficient. Eventually we’ll have one robot that goes to the grocery store for us, another that drinks soda on the couch and tosses bottles on the floor, a next-gen roomba to pick up the debris, and a recyclebot to sort it.

  2. Hi,
    Does Howard County pick up in the other neighborhoods in the area? Can you sneak your boxes onto the curb in front of someone else’s house in the wee hours of the morning? Maybe even with the blessing of that resident in exchange for cookies and the privilege of looking particularly eco-friendly to their neighbors. Wonder what our comrades at Tai Sophia do?

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