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Thursday, May 12, 2005 10:17 AM
An Offer They Can't Refuse
Anita Sharpe on Life

This might make us think twice about the stuff we bring into our homes: imagine if you had to sort your trash into at least 10 categories (and often wash and dry it first) before throwing anything away?

That's the law in some parts of Japan, where the goal is to sharply reduce garbage -- or eliminate it altogether -- over the next five to 15 years. Here's how it works, according



to a story in today's New York Times:\n\n'Lipstick goes into burnables; lipstick tubes, 'after the contents have been used up,' into small metals, or plastics. Take your tape measure before tossing a kettle: under 12 inches, it goes into small metals, but over that it goes into bulky refuse.\n\n'Socks? If only one, it is burnable; a pair goes into used cloth, though only if the socks 'are not torn, and the left and right sock match.' Throw neckties into used cloth, but only after they have been 'washed and dried.''


1 comment

Gary - 5/13/2005 11:40:00 AM
And I thought 'Penn and Teller's Bullshit' show on Recycling was just a joke...

I would give a link to the show, but the Showtime website tells me:
'We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these pages are intended for access only from within the United States.' Global Internet? Maybe not.

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