I was reading transworld Surf the other day and an article mentioned the fantastic surf in Columbia(i know its not Surfer, but i read all of them ok?). The article mentioned recycling in Columbia was labeled 1. Organic 2. Inorganic 3. Recyclable.
Got me thinking...
We only have 1. Waste 2. Recyclable. Hmmmmmmm. First Blush, my thought is we aren't really making the most of our waste. Immediately i thought why we might not do this. We are a developed country and naturally have more packaged/processed goods, accounting for a greater ratio of waste. Also urban environments don't really have the space or capacity to allow for degradation of organic materials.
Then i kept thinking...
Isn't it just wrong we are wasting organic materials by classifying them as trash? Possibly they help in landfills but i dont think anything can help a landfill much at all. The potential for organic waste could be huge as far as producing fertilizer or helping crop cultivation. Doing a quick scan, "Organic waste is biodegradable and can be processed in the presence of oxygen by composting or in the absence of oxygen using anaerobic digestion. Both methods produce a soil conditioner, which when prepared correctly can also be used as a valuable source of nutrients in urban agriculture. Anaerobic digestion also produces methane gas an important source of bio-energy." source Um so we could power our transportation and cut down on pollution just by making better use of our waste? (sounds very back to the future to some folks)
So couldn't we save the earth with our own waste? Ok im sure its not that simple.. I certainly have a different view than most urbanites that live in Manhattan. Born in the green mountains, and spending my whole life in chapel hill north carolina(ok and a hot minute in SF),but i am more at home amongst the trees. New York is infinitely fun, diverse and culture immersing, but incredibly full of litter, and wasteful behaviors such as repeated sidewalk washings, running fire hydrants, and electricity running 24/7. This city has many powerful people that certainly care about environmental change, so what better place to instigate change. It seems what we classify as reusable isnt totally right, and we should look at what we can re-utilize rather than deeming it waste. Why don't we look at our output not just as a problem, but as a sustainable solution? Surely it can't be that simple...
Any environmental folks out there know the truth?(Laine) Let me know..