recycle - reuse

since I have been back in Georgia, I have been quite amazed by the very decentralized and non-organized efforts to recycle and reuse. There is much less trash then before, and partially that is because of the city hall's efforts, but a lot of it is due to the poverty. Poverty is not a laughing matter and all of those people deserve a better life. But it's intriguing how bottles get recycled and reused. And, not just bottles, anything that can be reused, is reused. People dig through garbage looking for bottles, men with carts walk around looking for empty bottles. This man was collecting aluminum cans and flattening them. I am not sure what he needed them for, but him doing that, is probably better than those cans being in the garbage.

 

On the other note, I remember around Christmas time, one of the Russian TV channels ran an ad for the "most civilized" vessel, aluminum can. I remember hearing that Germany banned aluminum cans as they are supposedly an environmental desaster... It's funny how civilization works...

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Taken on February 14, 2007