|Labeled recycling bins in Paloquemao Market. They all contain the same random trash.|
|Why bother? It all goes to |
the same place, anyway.
Recently, I talked to a young woman who teaches in a public high school. She spent a lot of time instructing the children how to separate recyclables from ordinary trash and place them in the correct bins. So, she was horrified one evening when she watched the janitor dump all the bins together.
"Don't do that!" she exclaimed.
"Why not?" the janitor replied. "All of it goes to the same place, anyway."
Fortunately, there's a much better way to reduce Bogotá's trash production and decrease its environmental impact, but unfortunately the city show's no willingness to employ it: Make producing garbage cost money.
|If these bags cost money, this guy would get a reusable one.|
This is simple enough to do, by taxing things like throw-away plastic bags (which taxes have reduced
Instead, in yet another useless law, Bogotá intends to require those single use disposable bags to carry environmental messages. How nice.
|The good news: These plastic bags may soon carry environmental messages.|
|A truck full of plastic bottles, soon headed for the landfill. A deposit law would encourage the soda companies to adopt resusable bottles.|