Posted On September 17, 2009

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And, Money is Garbage of course.

This is a webpage devoted to giving information about recycling and waste related industries finances, and relating them with money. Together they represent, basically, two good examples of THE question of these days of crisis we are going through. Where did our money go?.
(And that’s basic consumer rights, we presume)

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If you are not doing very good these days, dude…
¡HELP YOURSELF! (or at least stop throwing money away!)

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First of all, we are throwing away our money in the shape of trash. We are also throwing our global resources away, of course, but since that seems to be not important to anyone, let’s speak about our money, the only god we actually trust in. It is obvious that we paid for every single ounce of the 14,400 ton. of trash we produce EVERY DAY in the state of Oregon… We are trashing that money!.

Phenomena like the current Oregon deposit system, greedily giving 10 cents when returning a bottle (thus getting all them back), just to sent it to the recycling industry, together with the harassment of the trashpickers, specially in the Countries of the global South, apart as they seem, together bear witness to the importance of trash nowadays, both financially, industrially (trash is globally import and exported to feed different industries) and strategically, beign the support of our whole consumption-based economy.

According to the Oregonian newspaper (edition of September, 10th, 2009, cover page of “metro” section), trash production shrank in 2009 following the economy reduction, but still the figure speaks by itself: every Oregonian produced 7.6  Lbs. per day. A mexican produces 1.98 Lbs per day (Diario Milenio, August, 18th, 2008) and an average european  3.3 Lbs.

According to official data, 44.5% of the trash is recycled. That means still sending 3.38 Lbs. to landfills. That’s more than the whole trash production of an average european, and almost double than the mexican one!.

Recycling is a simple way to keep the machine going. Recycling companies actually produce the packaging, easing our conscience while keeping resource consumption up. At the same time, You pay for it when buying, and then YOU are supposed to give that goods back for free!. Business as usual: companies win, everyone else lose. We are throwing our money away.

Besides, recycling (that is, “handling of waste”) has got its part in global warming: it has been the fastest growing CO2 emission industry sector in the last decade.

We all think recycling is a good solution for enviromental care, but, being the first in hierarchy and the most important of them all, maybe we should focus in the first of the three R’s: Reduction. (By the way, in Cuba they speak about the “fourth R”: Reparing!, which they learn in primary school as another subject).

We learnt about genetic engineering, riding a bike instant of polluting driving a car and love trees… When will we start with saying NO to excessive packaging, disposable ware and all other trash related enviromental problems?.

We often look at trash like a problem we have to only deal with, more or less like rain. It is part of our everyday current quality of life solving it, by reducing the trash production and encouraging (or forcing) the powerful to do so.

We also have the actual money. Although prosperity looked like growing everywhere before the crisis, it is obvious that a big part of the world population is (and was) not getting any of that money. In the U.S.A. we can also see a lot of people that can not reach that money. Including homeless, but also urban poor, unemployed, students, and all those needed of the social services and freedom they lack.

banks are the principal responsible for the financial crisis that triggered the day-to-day 2009 crisis. How come, if they only have the money THAT BELONGS TO THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES? Is the paradox of the served servant.
We can see that in both trash cans and atm machines is our money trapped.

Banks are the principal responsible for the financial crisis that triggered the day-to-day 2009 crisis. How come, if they only have the money that belongs to the same people who is supposed to pay for their mistakes? Is the paradox of the served servant.

It is easy to see how is our money trapped (by different means), both trash cans and atm machines.

Basically, we all understand that there is money trapped in objects: garage and yard sales bear witness to that. Then… why do we throw away things instead of reusing them?. And what if, as some do, we start reclaiming our money, picking up trash -e.g. not throwing away disposable ware-, or robbing banks -e.g. asking for responsabilities or closing down our accounts-?.

Well, you know, if you are not doing very good these days… Go for that resources sitting in the streets. Pick them up or reclaim them, in one word:
¡HELP YOURSELF! (or at least don’t keep throwing money away!).