January 18, 2018

IT’S A RELIGIOUS RITUAL, SO THE TEDIUM AND DIFFICULTY AND POINTLESSNESS ARE THE POINT: The Daily Grind of Recycling: Warm feelings about saving the planet have given way to the drudgery of sorting and rinsing and nagging from the government. “Not that recycling seems to be viable — not beyond aluminum cans and plastics number 1 and 2. The rest of it can’t be processed at a profit. (Glass bottles and jars present a particular challenge.) As it turns out, much of the more valuable stuff can’t be processed at a profit either. Not unless the rest of us do a lot of the labor.” Remember, it’s a religious ritual.