I've been back in the USA for almost two months now, longer than I'd expected to be, and I'm distressed by all the garbage I encounter on a regular basis. Not only is garbage strewn on the streets of the cities, people - my family as well as my neighbors - are blithely unconcerned about the volume of trash they produce.
Locally (Suffolk County, on the North Shore of Long Island) the Town's garbage trucks come twice weekly to collect whatever gets put out in a bin or can There's a recycling program of sorts so if you can figure out how to separate plastic, paper, metal, and glass, there are scheduled pickup days for those. The Town's website tells you every household's organic waste should be composted by the homeowner (or renter) on his/her own property.
But for some reason, an awful lot of people don't seem to be able to put that list of rules together well enough to make complete sense out of it.
"Garbage In, Garbage Out" on a random basis is, instead, the rule. Mountains of it. Everywhere you go.
In Brooklyn, near Prospect Park, I noticed city-issued composting bins sitting outside every house. City trucks come to collect the contents: a city-wide composting initiative benefits its community gardening program. Not rocket science, perhaps, but still very good science, as the precious tome in the Gutenberg collection (see link below) will reveal.
What prevents humans in the USA from treating all of our precious ecosystems with respect and gratitude?