"We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to
– Terry Swearingen, Winner of Goldman Environmental Prize in 1997
Last week, County Commissioner Eileen Higgins and I took a tour of the Waste Management facility used by Miami Beach for our recycling. What we learned was very surprising and I have immediately changed my recycling habits!
Many of us "wish-cycle" in our effort to reduce our footprint on the environment. However, by putting into our bins everything we wish we could recycle or everything that has the triangular recycling symbol, we reduce actually recycling due to contamination.
30% of what is sent to the recycling center ends up in the dumpster
, and t
he video below shows you just how difficult bad recycling can make the process.
Here are our key take-aways: