San Francisco's Overwhelming Trash Mountains

Submitted by: lalapancakes 10 months ago News & Politics
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Mountains of cardboard boxes from the growth of online shopping are overwhelming San Francisco Bay area recyclers. One recycler, Recology says they're seeing 630 tons of cardboard per day.

“It’s a system that Reed said has reached unsustainable proportions. 'All trash goes somewhere,’" he said. "Today’s pile will dwindle just in time to make room for the next day’s 630 tons of buys.”

My own take -- I really hate shopping because of the guilt of buying, using, and tossing another box, another jar, another bottle, another can. I went through a hoarding phase once where I tried to keep and reappropriate every box, jar, and bottle that came into my possession. My partner ended up having to intervene. The collection was getting out of hand. But yea, I know it all just keeps going into a pile somewhere only so I can keep going back and doing it again. This system sucks.

Photo: New York Times

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Male 1,332
Lasagna gardening is a good option for re-use without the clutter.
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Male 1,255
idk what that is but it sounds like something I should be really really into.
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Male 1,332
Lasagna gardening uses old newsprint and cardboard in layers of dirt as a way of composting, retaining water and blocking weeds. It's worth looking into if you are a serious gardener.
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Male 1,692
Break em down and wrap em up with twine.
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