Do you live in North Carolina? If so, you might want to double check your trash can.
RALEIGH – Starting today, that old soda bottle and empty milk jug are no longer just garbage.
They must be recycled.
A new state law is taking effect that prohibits all plastic bottles from being disposed of in landfills. Supporters of the law say it will boost North Carolina’s burgeoning recycling industry, which has an unmet demand for old bottles that can be converted into new goods.
State officials say ordinary citizens need not worry about being penalized if they forget to salvage every last bottle. No one will be picking through trash cans or searching for recycling scofflaws.
Though the article seems to indicate that no ‘citizens’ will really be held accountable, it’s doubtful that such a law will go unenforced, particularly with our children being taught that failure to recycle is tantamount to heresy against ‘Mother Earth’. So, police that pail, North Carolinians. And for the rest of us, we should prepare for similar laws in our states.