It is a general fact that the trash generated during the holidays is higher compared to other times of the year. The state of California has taken measures in order to keep the trash from being sent to the landfill but there is no escaping the truth that it will not be an easy feat. Holidays means more gift boxes and wrapping paper and some buy packing boxes online for their moving needs.
Joe Hernandez is the driver of a recycling truck and he was tasked in collecting and delivering collectibles to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District. The amount of recyclables gathered by his truck shows how much wastes have been accumulated during the holidays.
Hernandez said that majority of the recyclable wastes are boxes and wrapping papers. Despite the fact that they can be recycled, a considerable amount will be sent to the landfill.
The Public Education and Outreach Specialist of the district, Angela Goebel, said that majority of the people do not know how to do recycling correctly. She revealed that one of the most common mistakes that people make is placing boxes, wrapping papers as well as ribbons inside a plastic bag to manage their space.
Goebel added that the workers in the sorting line of the recycling facility will not check the recyclables inside the plastic bag but they will be considered as trash right away. It will take a lot of effort to go through each bag and inspect the contents. They can’t place their hands inside the bag due to safety reasons.
She also said that they have seen way too many packages sent by online shops and inside them are bubble wrap and Styrofoam. People just throw the entire thing in their recycling but they do not separate them thus they can’t be recycled in the end.
The state of California is now hoping to reduce the wastes they are sending to the landscape by 75 per cent in 2020. This can be accomplished if people reduce the wastes they generate, buy packing boxes online and reuse them and follow the proper steps in recycling as well as composting.