Visiting the Leon County Solid Waste Facility on America Recycles Day, Saturday, I faced long rows of abandoned TV's, the gigantic ones with the big backs that were so sought after not too many Christmas's ago. There were also a couple of sad projector screen sets that are almost as high as I am tall. Remember those? Now, they are sitting at the landfill, waiting to be stripped of their plastic shells and their insides ground to be made into more stuff.
Leon County pays a vendor, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc., to take these sets to their location on Capital Circle SW. Truckloads of electronics are then shipped to either Tampa or North Carolina where they are shredded and contents resold to manufacturers. Yes, this process keeps hazardous materials out of the landfills, but wouldn't it be better to reduce the amount of waste we generate in the first place?
The next step for all of us according to Annie Leonard, the author of The Story of Stuff, is introduced in the video below. Here's why the solutions we really need are not for sale at the supermarket.
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