...here's something interesting to stop and see. I really wish someone would invent a transporter beam already, cuz I'd love to see this!
It's nice to see big industries, small firms and entrepreneurs focused on reusing products.
Apparently, there's plenty of raw material to work with based on EPA stats from 2003. To be fair, we seemed to be doing a fairly decent job recycling in 2003, and it's only gotten better since then (based on all the different types of plastic I can now dump in my bin at the ol' homestead).
However, there's so much more that could be done. The city of Chicago has been struggling with its "Blue Bag Program" since 1995. I can tell you from personal experience that I have yet to see a single blue bag in any of the buildings I frequent in the course of a work day (nor have I seen any other recycling bins). Why is this? The blue bag program is only for residential buildings--small residential buildings. Office building managers and large hi-rise managers are responsible for contacting independent waste contractors to put a plan in place for their recycleables. Chicago Recycling Coalition's website has a detailed description of Chicago's situation.
I guess if Chicago could sort out their trash problem they'd no longer be in Dutch...get it...in Dutch....Ahem. I'll be going now.