The Flotsam Diaries. In the upper right, click on "Plastic Recycling: The Triangle is a Lie".
When I was considerably younger I occasionally worked as a helper to a welder extraordinaire named Al. He could arc-weld anything using general purpose 6011 welding rod, one piece of rod at a time. As he would get down to the bottom of the rod he would call to me with the following bit of verse (perhaps it was his poem in a pocket): “Would you be so kind and condescending, stoop so low and be so bending, as to provide me with a new piece of 6011?”
So to all the empty plastic water bottles that don’t make it into recycle bins, perhaps the only solution the bottled water manufacturers and our state legislature are comfy with is: “Would you be so kind and condescending, stoop so low and be so bending as to pick up those worthless plastic containers littering the paths, trails, streams, rivers, beaches, roadways, and public parks? Oh, and by the way, remember to recycle them.” That sounds like a sustainable solution, doesn’t it? Much better than assigning them a modest monetary value.
It seems to fly with most folks here in Massachusetts. It sure didn’t fly in the state of Maine, our neighbor to the north, where folks can still tell what’s a crock and what isn’t!