I beg to differ…

Blair blogs about Google’s Gmail Web Clips that become Spam recipes or recycling tips, if you visit the spam folder or trash bin.

I received a ‘recycling fact’ today that I feel is not a fact at all. Or, at most, is an inaccurate fact.


There is no limit to the number of times you can recycle an aluminum can?

I’d like to see someone recycle an aluminum can less than 0 times. That’s the lower limit.
And when you recycle the can as a place to store hazardous waste, that’s the upper limit.

0 thoughts on “I beg to differ…

  1. Blair

    Technically, that’s not recycling. That’s reuse. That’s an altogether different thing than recycling.

    Sure, I’m splitting hairs. But isn’t that the idea? 🙂

  2. John

    The American Heritage Dictionary

    4a. To use again, especially to reprocess: recycle aluminum cans; recycle old jokes.
    4b. To recondition and adapt to a new use or function: recycling old warehouses as condominiums.

    It does say “especially to reprocess,” but doesn’t limit itself. And 4b encompasses hazardous waste containment. (Though it is possible aluminum cans aren’t the best method of containment.)

    The lower limit applies regardless, as that is pure math.

  3. Blair

    One day the inspectors came by to visit Billy Bob’s waste storage facility. After verifying that all the paperwork was in good order, they asked to inspect the actual facility. Billy Bob replied, “Well sure, that’s no big deal. You walked right past it on the way in — it’s that stack of old coffee cans out front.”

    That’s how Billy Bob lost his job handling waste disposal for the TVA’s nuclear reactors.

    I’m amused by that second example of recycling. Old warehouses as condominiums? I suppose you’d have lots of floor space, and most likely easy access to the rail road or other shipping facilities.

    The lower limit only applies with the technologies you’re familiar with. Temporal vortexes allow for all sorts of negative events. 🙂

  4. Kathy

    Just don’t tell Billy Barnes that there is any limits to recycling, I hate to see a grown man cry. 🙂