Mainstream | Main | Law Lesson: Illegal Wars [Gabriel Malor]
August 04, 2007

Denver's moronic waste disposal policy [Purple Avenger]

This is a somewhat old story that never got much coverage, but its something everyone can relate to and its important -- garbage. Everyone's got it, nobody wants it.

Rocky Mountain News

[...]Recycling plays a crucial role in Denver's plan. It would join other Colorado cities that already have moved to aggressively to foster recycling.

Fort Collins, for one, has set an ambitious goal of diverting 50 percent of its waste from landfills. As part of the effort, the city recently banned throwing away old computers, TVs, cell phones and other electrical items, requiring that they be recycled instead.

Fort Collins also has mandated that people who leave extra bags of trash for pickup be charged by the bag[...]

Here's why Denver are retards...


Recycling is good, I like recycling. HOWEVER, when you charge people extra to get rid of stuff, it invariably backfires. What happens IN REALITY is that the unwanted stuff get chucked in to the nearest vacant lot, pond, or WalMart parking lot in the dead of the night.

My uncle lives in a town that charges $5 for every tire someone wants to get rid of. As a result, the ditches along the roads are littered with tires and he has to clean a half dozen of them out of his pond every spring after the ice melts.

Albany NY tried a similar scheme with disposal of appliances - they wanted to charge people to get rid of a fridge, stove,etc. What happened IN REALITY was every vacant lot in the city became a dumping ground for dead appliances. Amazingly, Albany eventually realized the folly of this approach and now offers free dead appliance pickup as part of normal garbage collection. The vacant lots and back alleys of Albany are no longer dead appliance graveyards.

"do gooders" ignoring basic human nature seem inclined to repeat this failed policy time and time again. None seem to learn a thing from places that tried it.

Related news - Mt. Fuji is becoming a garbage dump for exactly the reasons I've given.

digg this
posted by xgenghisx at 08:03 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
WitchDoktor, AKA VA GOP Sucks: "So last week there was some debate about some flie ..."

Chris M: ""China should come to the plane."And H-bombs shoul ..."

Brother Cavil, Abbot of St. Costello-on-the-Hurlingbone: "[i]I would argue that she is maxed out and can't h ..."

Rob Crawford: ""Four year institutions focus on prestige, and tea ..."

FenelonSpoke: "Screw that. Bring back the workhouse. Posted by: ..."

Brother Cavil, Abbot of St. Costello-on-the-Hurlingbone: "[i]If the no-go zones in London get bad enough, th ..."

Burger Chef: "In Hollywood News: Looks like John Stamos is marr ..."

Darth Maxine[/i]: "[i]I would argue that she is maxed out and can't h ..."

rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u]: "If the no-go zones in London get bad enough, they ..."

Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing: "[I]Bring back trade schools. That's all. Post ..."

wth: "What if he learns to levitate? Bazinga! Poste ..."

Circa (Insert Year Here): "[i]BYU is worth considering.[/i] I think a sig ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64