Who Cares About Recycling?

Do you? Do you really? And what is recycling anyway? Some overly recycle their products and use more natural resources to recycle older sources, while others are lazy and throw everything into the garbage cart. What do you do? Have you bought into recycling and participate or do you feel it is a waste of money?

Now, depending on where you live can depend on the type of waste hauling services provided. In our area, we charge for the garbage cart but the customers will also get a recycle cart at no charge. They receive even more additional recycling services, such as used oil, but for this discussion, we will stick to the cart.

In our situation, by paying attention to just half of your items for recycling, that should cut down on your waste and eventually your bill. The less garbage you have the smaller garbage cart you need. Let’s face it, recycling is about dollars and cents most of the time because to be able to process the recyclables it will cost you to get the materials from your place to the bigger recycler.

But for the regular customer by attempting a little recycling, they can save themselves some money AND give a second life to most of their household products. And that is what recycling is all about. Anything that can get a second and even third life is recycling. Plus, if you decide not to use a product beforehand, now you are pre-cycling. It is not hard to do, as all it takes is “thinking ahead”, watching how you live and use products, and what you do with them when you are finished.

Go ahead, give it a try. You can start by being light green if you are burnt out with everyone going green. It is about doing and not always talking, so test it and see if by a little effort you can add a lot more recycling to your recycle cart.

More Focused Blog Direction

Greetings! Am I wasting your time? Are my blog posts cancelled out and bypassed? Probably. And why? Honestly, I don’t feel that I have caught your attention or made it worth your time to read what I type. As I have mentioned before, this is all new to me. normally I observe and just read but never engage. In this course I am taking, having me step out is its main goal and after having received some social media advice from a colleague, I will stick to the following blogging topics:

  • Waste & Recycling news/ideas
  • Leadership/Management
  • Politics in the workplace

All three of these topics fill my everyday calendar and now that I am more focused, I will do my best to shoot quick darts to keep it interesting within these parameters. We’ll see what comes of it but it will help me decompress from the day some. But just on the surface, there are a lot of unknowns in the waste/recycle industry and many myths. And building on my past blog posts, I will share the truth in these topics and be objective when discussing.

As we move along, I encourage you to comment and say anything on your mind. I know that I am not always right, nor do I try to be; rather, I want to discuss and share, so be honest but also respectful so we can further the discussion. Awesome!

Last comment, a tip! If you have extra trash and don’t want to pay extra fees, you might want to leave some soda or beer for your route driver. 9 times out of 10, they will take your extra trash no questions asked. I know I did when on route, especially when I received a little extra. Ha!

What’s My Purpose?

So, for my eMBA program, we are in a class that emerges us into the world of social media. It has been huge challenge for me, as per our class requirements we are to blog, send tweets and use the many resources that social media offers. That is fantastic, and for a business must. Yet, for a private person, one who borders as a recluse for personal sharing, I feel I am forcing it and am a bit out of place trying to find my purpose here.

Deep down, I know we all have many things to offer others directly or indirectly in our lives. Over time, I have found that my outlook is not as common as most people that I have come in contact with, so I feel that I challenge others in ways that few would. But, putting that into a blog is entirely different and without a purpose just becomes a waste of words.

My problem is that I need a theme and at this time with assignments due, don’t really have one. Maybe, that is my theme – to find a theme. Anyway, but that is why I am blogging and coming up with topic discussions because it is part of my assignment and I am trying to think of topics interesting to me that no one seems to want to discuss. With you only agenda to find that truth you find out so much more as you are not blinded by your preconceived notions. It is amazing how exciting it can be discussing a subject that you are unbiased and really don’t care about.

So, that is my dilemma, finding a blog theme. I work in the waste and recycling industry but don’t really want to discuss more about it since I do that all week long. I’ll find something consistent but if you must know – there is no money in recycling, maybe metal when prices were high, but it costs a lot of money just to recycle products that by the end of the day it is cheaper, and probably less resources used, to just bury it. It is not all about money but it is a factor that you can’t just ask the government for as someone has to pay or not get paid.

 

Orlando Shooting

Might as well share a thought on this sad incident. Not sure I could find someone who would support this action but I have read reports that say some cheered. To me, that is insane but to them I guess not. Anyway, it was a truly sad deal and I don’t understand why it had to happen?

So, one report says that he saw two guys kissing and it bothered him. Another said he was a supporter of ISIS and radical islam or radical anything. Either way, he killed many people and I bet most of them he didn’t even know. But why? Just because others did not have the same beliefs as his or they didn’t agree with him? I get it someone wants to blow second hand smoke in your face or drive drunk or do harm to another individual that maybe legal actions which has happened; but just because someone wants to like someone of the same sex or eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or whatever, why do others feel the need to attack and kill them?

Is it the threat against their way of life that makes them act out? Why can’t Christians and Muslims exist on the same planet in peace? Why can’t democrats and republicans see differently and still be friends? As long as you respect others beliefs, and that they are humans, why can’t we all add to the beauty of life versus starting horrific actions that kill others because they think differently? Maybe it is deep rooted fear that their way of life is not towards everyones liking and they can’t handle that? Wow, that is scary, as we are all different to some degree; and if we won’t accept someone who isn’t us, then I guess it will be a fight until one person remains on earth.

The Truth: Prisoners

As I mentioned before, this blogging is new to me and I am going to make the most of this. My goal is to discuss any issue hearing more facts and objective statements without people getting upset or having it take on a personal twist. When someone is too tied to an issue, they get upset and angry or they insult and push back really hard. Not here! Help me grapes a better understanding by adding comments that pertain to the matter at hand, so we can hear all sides without anyone getting overly excited. Then, we can leave the issue at the center and give everyone the ability to really allow the issue itself to resonate.

So, in my wife’s employment, she comes in contact with the prison system, as well as our refuse hauling company. After hearing many stories and touring a few facilities myself, I find it fascinating how it seems that prisoners have it pretty good in there, considering. Now, I am not talking statistics and figures, or detailing the actual living conditions, but from the fact of what they are provided. They get a roof over their head,  3 meals a day, healthcare, training, leisure time (TV) and other amenities. Yes, they are people and need to be treated as such but where do you draw the line? How good is too good a life in prison? To me, having TV would not make the cut but having more programs that teach them a trade seem good. They have to want to make this change as well but if it is too lush from them no one will ever want to leave.

Maybe I have not pondered the issue enough but I know people who work hard to make ends meet, live a decent crime-free lifestyle, yet do not have it as well as some of these prisoners do. It just seems that by breaking the law and going to prison, one should not have it that much better than if they were free. Period. Maybe they should get a stipend and have to budget that amount for how they live, just as many do outside of prison. If you overspend, you don’t eat until you get your next stipend. They can work at the facility as well, to earn additional perks, but they pay for their own healthcare plan, food, leisure time, etc. Their healthcare would be the same as it would be for anyone in that state who could afford it in that range. Then, there could also be demand for certain school type projects and hard labor hours to earn good behavior. I just think if there is no incentive to leave the system, many will find a way to remain in it.

So, maybe as a prisoner they do not have the choice of when they get to do anything but if they have all of these rights to this lifestyle when in there, what is the point of putting them in there in the first place? I am not saying that it should be Château d’If or Alcatraz but if you make it Club Med and don’t take a vested interest in challenging them to become improved individuals, then it seems that they will just keep coming back.

The Truth: Illegal Immigration

Since I am talking about TRUTH, I may as well tell you that I have never posted a blog before. I honestly have no vision for what I expect of it other than focusing on the truth in my topics and not mere opinions. There seems to be so much opinion in the world that no one really knows what the truth is about a subject to make valid commentary. Perhaps, no one really cares. Well I do, and my aim is to see where it will lead me.

I am going to jump in to this blogging but this isn’t me writing a thesis. Rather, it is me hoping to discuss the basic part of the issue. I’m sure I will miss things but the goal is not include my personal opinion on the matter but discuss the subject as it stands outside of me.

Okay, so let’s take Illegal Immigration. This subject is in the news a lot and rightly so, but no one seems to focus on the issue but more their opinion in it. Obviously, it is a huge issue but Im curious on just the basics.

What is the problem, here? Well, overall it sounds as if the USA immigration system might need a reworking but currently there is a legal way and an illegal way to enter the USA, right? So, if you want to come to America and become a citizen, you would follow the process to do so. It isn’t about where you come from but here are the rules and if we want to go to a certain place that is how it goes. It may not be just that simple but that’s the gist of it.

If you waited in line at the movies and pay money to see a movie but I sneak in the back door and see the same movie for free, is that really just or legal? Some may say it is a genius move but the proper legal way is to pay, get your ticket and go see that movie. But if people don’t agree with a law does it make it right to just break it or would they work to change it?

So, if we need to fix the immigration system then that would be the conversation that should happen but it doesn’t seem fair, or just, to the other immigrants, who are currently working through the system, to sneak in the back door while they are waiting in line.