The Green Police are after you

Do you recycle? If not, get ready for a visit from the green police. I’m serious. Cities across the country are using a new RFID technology to snoop into your trash. They want to force you to recycle, and will use green police squads to get their way.

When this ad aired during the Super Bowl this year it caused quite a stir, but the truth is, if liberal enviro-nuts had their way, this might just be reality.

From North Carolina, to Ohio and from Idaho to Michigan, cities have begun installing RFID tags to monitor how much trash you’re throwing away versus the amount you recycle. If you don’t meet the arbitrary recycling standards they set, you can be fined. Of course the liberal environmental interests will tell you that it’s important, nay, critical that you recycle, because it reduces pollution and saves Mother Earth. Here’s the thing. They’re wrong.

Let’s take the case of Los Angeles, California. The city of Los Angeles has curb side recycling for it’s residents, and as a consequence must employ an entirely separate fleet of trucks to pick up those famous blue bins. That means more heavy polluting garbage trucks on the streets, more fuel needed, more steel, iron and rubber required for production of those trucks. All this amounts to more not less pollution because of recycling. And that’s not all.

The process of recycling is a manufacturing process just like anything else. Don’t think that doesn’t pollute either. It takes a lot of mechanical and chemical effort to break down those plastic bottles, newspapers, and discarded beer cans.

What’s perhaps even more disturbing about this new forced, enforced recycling regime, is that it invades your privacy. Why in the world should the government be allowed to track your trash? Is that essential to the function of your local government? Will your schools cease to educate young minds if your garbage is not strictly monitored? Will you roads stop being built if your city administrators don’t track exactly what you’re putting in those trash bins? No. Although you might end up paying for your roads to be repaved more frequently since they’ve got extra trash trucks driving on them.

It’s not the government’s job to outlaw light bulbs, force you to recycle, or monitor your trash. Get ready though, those green cops might be banging down your down soon ready to haul you in for irresponsibly using that dreaded bottled water, and daring, daring to throw it in the trash. Shame on you.

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This article was originally published on The New Ledger

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