One man on a mission to keep recyclables out of landfill
To some, it would appear that Doug White has an unusual hobby.
The Clearview Township man runs a side gig diverting recyclables from the landfill. The only payoff is his peace of mind.
“I’m an avid recycler and I hate to see stuff going in the garbage that could be recycled,” said White. “It bothers me. It weighs on my conscience.”
At his place of work, part of White’s duties are to collect the garbage but said he just can’t bring himself to chuck the cardboard, scrap metal, plastics and some other items so he brings them home. White filled a 20-foot livestock trailer with cardboard before taking it to the bin at the landfill but on average he collects on average about 50kg per week.
He also collected 120 pounds of scrap metal, for which he was paid $8.88.
White said in his lifetime he has gone from seeing farmers using the backyard dump to municipal garbage collection and the increase in consumerism.
He said the onus should be put back on the manufacturer when it comes to packaging.
“I just want people to know there’s a lot that goes into the landfill that doesn’t need to be,” said White.