We as human beings have an alarming tendency to just throw things away when weíre finished with them. When you think about it, this tendency is a little big pig-headed. We can easily afford to keep disposing of things, canít we? So what is the problem? Well, when you think about it, the problem is that things donít just magically disappear when they arenít being used. When we throw things in the trash, they end up in a landfill decomposing, usually quite slowly.
There is a fairly common response to this, and it is to ignore it. Many people have an ďout of sight, out of mindĒ attitude to waste disposal. If we canít see it, it is not there, right? Except it is. And although it may sound like the desperate cries of a hippy, we do only have one planet and we just cannot keep throwing stuff away and burying it when weíre finished with it. Garbage doesnít decompose in the blink of an eye, and much of what we throw away will take hundreds of years to biodegrade. When you think of the rate at which we throw things away, that adds up to a headache.
So why do we keep throwing our garbage away? Some of it, itís fair to say, cannot be recycled, but what about the rest? The plastic bottles could be recycled, the paper could be recycled and so could many of the gadgets we just throw away. We dispose of that stuff because it is easier. What kind of sense does that make?