Trash Sampling, Part 3

Cleaning up the plastic before they ccan be sold.

Cleaning up the plastic before they can be sold.

So the fourth day of sampling on the 10th of October turned out to be a wonderful night for picking through trash. There is nothing more satisfying than realising your task will finally end and you won’t have to sift through somebody else’s waste stream for the next few months.

At least at the gentlemen’s end of the trash sorting, we realised there was significantly less trash on this Saturday night then on any other previous night. Most of the rubbish bins were only half full and because the team started earlier than usual (2100 hours) and had the full complement of 5 guys (of which 2 were newbies), for the first time in the entire week, the guys were able to collect all the trash, and finish weighing them before the ladies.

As you can see from the picture header above, we even had time to clean up all the plastic bottles and most of the plastic containers (brought down for us) so that they can be sold to the dormitory cleaners and recyclers respectively.

The common misconception the public may have about recycling is that it is a dirty job, that recyclers will still recycle food containers with green and brown mush on it with a dash of salt and pepper. That is just untrue, as the recyclers actually employ an army of fairies from Neverland that will only work on sorting and packaging the recyclable materials only if they are relatively free from organic and inorganic waste.

You see, fairies are very finicky creatures and are likely to transform into raging beasts of war if they are so much as told they have to clean up the recyclable items before they can be recycled.

Aside from labour laws negotiated by the Fairy Workers Union, the recyclers themselves have no time to clean up the recyclable materials as they have to focus on sorting, packaging, and shipping of the stuff to Peninsular Malaysia, as no local recycling factory exists in Sabah.

For anyone reading this post, I hope you at least soak your intended recyclable items before sending them for recycling. The recyclers would be extremely gratified by your thoughtful gesture.

For now, the practical work of the recycling team is now complete, and the data will now be statistically processed.


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