Monday, May 17, 2010

We used to recycle

 ...until our privacy rights were violated because of it.

Our latest community newsletter has me pretty enraged, and I'm not going to lie, I don't usually care about a whole lot.
A CWD representative will be inspecting residential
recycling carts prior to truck collection service. The
inspection will occur randomly throughout all cities
serviced by CWD. Once inspected, a cart will be
labeled with a green, yellow, or red card adhered
to the cart with a sticker. Cards indicate the level
of compliance with the recycling program.

Red states “Stop. High Contaminants,
Contents not recyclable.”

Yellow states “Caution, Almost There! Some
contents not recyclable.”

Green states “Go, Recycle program compliant!”

Okay, I get that they want to make sure that the stuff is recyclable. Maybe that is a problem for them. But in our house, we only recycle what we're supposed to, and having somebody come dig through our garbage is just enough of an incentive not to recycle for us to consider stopping altogether.  Or at least, throw all the paper stuff (junk mail, etc.) away rather than recycling it. Sure, they'll get a few bottles here and there, but in our house, most of what gets recycled is paper.

What say you, internet? Is it worth having your privacy rights violated to recycle at your home? Or would you give it up too in protest of somebody digging through your stuff?
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