#FBF: The consequences of not being green

Pile of old batteries. Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Dallas isn’t known for being an eco-friendly city. Most apartment complexes aren’t required to recycle. Many homeowners chuck electronics into the trash.

But our bad habits are catching up with us. McCommas Bluff Landfill, one of the city’s largest non-tax revenue sources, could fill up by 2062. The city would either have to build another landfill — a costly endeavor — or ship our garbage elsewhere, which also is expensive.

In 2016, we delved into Dallas’ recycling habits and what our neighborhoods need to be kind to the environment. Read the story here.

Graph of recyclables
*Glass is not biodegradable and should be kept out of the landfill, if possible. FCC does sell the glass it collects, but its market value is so low, and glass weighs so much, that the cost to transport it are about equal to its price, resulting in no profit.
**Plastic film, such as grocery sacks and bread bags, comes through the facility by the ton and is baled. But it has a market value of zero. FCC has not yet found a viable buyer for plastic bags, but the ones that make it into bales are being kept out of the landfill.

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