France and several other european countries have introduced various recycling measures and facilities. Although not all French people bother to make use of them, the council does not hesistate to punish those that are guilty.
Most of these bulky items are mostly in very good conditions, sofas, bed, matress, refrigerator, microwave, vacuum cleaner etc. Sometimes, i wish i can send them down in a container to Nigeria to people who can't afford to buy them in their homes...
At a recycling centre on the outskirts of the city, workers hand separate items before technology takes over: steel is removed with a magnet, and plastic and cans are kept together, while paper and card are shipped by barge to a plant in Rouen for pulping.
There are different kinds of waste bins, each for a different kind of waste. You'll notice that also there are images of what can be placed in each container. Each container is for a different material and color coded. In Paris, green bin is for glass (verre), yellow bin is for paper or cardboard (papier/cartonnette) and blue is for plastic or aluminum (plastique/aluminium or sometimes marked as emballage).
Bulbs, florescents and batteries are dropped off at the waste reception centers as well as in many supermarkets. Medications, needles, and syringes, are taken to the pharmacy. Toxic paints and solvents, mercury, and other chemicals can be taken to waste reception centers.
It is believed that recycling helps minimize waste reduce global warming which is the reasons behind the drastic changes in weather and climate. Scientists have discovered that rising carbon and greenhouse gas emissions result in extreme weather conditions such as Hurricane Sandy, and they are likely to occur more and more frequently.
If Africa adopts this system and every African starts sorting out his trash, our continent will be well preserved for our children and children's children.
But I guess as usual, especially in Nigeria, most of our leaders are preoccupied with looting rather than bother their empty heads with issues which concerns protecting our environment.