Recycling or Mocking
Western people produce too much rubbish, we are a consumer society and we’re leaving a trail of trash in our wake. Recycling is absolutely necessary and everybody agrees with this idea. Anyway, it’s not so new. Time ago, when I was a child, I remember poor people who went to my house to collect old newspapers and cardboard (also bottles and other things which my mother stored for them). Afterwards, they sold paper and glass to recycling factories and they earned some money. Now, recycling is much more “organized” and well, in my opinion, every day it is working worse.
First, official institutions started to say that recycling was so important as not leaving this in private hands. Afterwards, they started to publish rules and rules and to threaten with fines and fines. Finally, recycling is only a question of disturbing citizens and collecting fines by the Council Town, since recycling has been sub-contracted to private companies in most cases.
In Madrid (Spain), for example, we must separate the trash materials. That’s ok. In the streets, there are a yellow bin for plastics, a gray bin for organic waste, another for glass… However, this summer (I went to bed late), I saw how the yellow bin and the gray one were thrown together and mixed in the same garbage truck. Not surprise, because I’ve seen in more than one train station around the country some bins divided into three compartments (plastic, glass, organic waste) but if you put attention, everything finished in the same garbage bag.
Today, my kitchen is full of rubbish. A recent rule says plastics and cardboards will be collected only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Last Friday was a holiday, and another rule says that the keeper of the home has no obligation to place the trashes in the streets on holydays (of course, there is another rule which forbids neighbors to place them, and another which threaten fines of up to 3000 euros if we leave garbage bags out of the bins, and another…, and another…). I hope tomorrow the keeper will place the bin (not if he is ill) because I cannot wait for other two days to throw so much rubbish.
If this continues, everybody will finish with Diogenes complex!