The Solution To The Landfill Problem

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Arizona Tea You probably didn’t know this, but this blog is more than a technical blog. It is also your source for solving all the world’s problems. For example, there is the age old question, “Where did the matching sock go?” Did you notice the extra amount of lint in the dryer? Problem solved.

Today I noticed something interesting in the cupboard. We bought some Arizona Iced Tea Mix. It’s the powder stuff you mix with water to produce a refreshing drink. I noticed that not only is it packaged in a tin, but right there on the tin it lets you know that it is a collectible tin. Really? Wow! I can’t wait to get the whole set!

So that got me thinking, it makes a ton sense to label it as a collectible. Otherwise that tin becomes an ordinary piece of garbage when the little tea packages run out. But now, my friends, it is a wonderful mantle piece ready to be displayed with pride to other collectors. Perhaps I will be the one to puff out my chest and brag how I found the rare Peach Tea Tin with the misprint logo, eliciting a bit of envy among other collectors.

But why stop there. I notice that candy bars produce a lot of litter on the streets. Why not have our Snicker bars come in collectible wrappers? Or that impossible to break plastic shell that electronic devices are packaged in? Maybe if we made every newspaper issue a special collector’s edition, we could really reduce our landfill clutter.

The end result is that we will have moved from a centralized landfill structure (and all us geeks know centralized is bad! Booo!) into a decentralized peer-to-peer (good! yay!) landfill structure. It is the Napsterization of garbage…er collectibles (though perhaps Bittorentization is more accurate, but Napsterization sounds better).

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  1. Avatar for Scott
    Scott July 11th, 2006

    ... and eBay is the bulldozer that pushes trash around the decentralized landfill ... :)

  2. Avatar for Cameron
    Cameron July 12th, 2006

    Interesting idea no doubt. I wonder if it would just prolong the inevitable?...many "collectables" eventually end up in the landfills.

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    jedatu July 12th, 2006

    As far as I know, if you took all the United States' trash for the next 1,000 years, including e-waste, it would fit into a 120-foot deep, 44 square mile landfill. That’s less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the land in the U.S. (cite: Competitive Enterprise Intstitute)
    However, I totally agree with you about collectibles. In fact, it seems the tea industry is leading the way, I noticed POM Wonderful teas are also sold in an attractive "keepsake glass".

  4. Avatar for JiltedCitizen
    JiltedCitizen July 12th, 2006

    Ohh Collectible Toilet paper...o_0

  5. Avatar for Kevin Dente
    Kevin Dente July 12th, 2006

    Clearly what we need is SOG - Service Oriented Garbage. It's all about Garbage 2.0, baby.

  6. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked July 12th, 2006

    @Jilted: That's just so wrong! I love it!
    @Kevin: Garbage 2.0 is right!

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    Michael K. Campbell July 12th, 2006

    Best Post EVAR.

  8. Avatar for Daniel
    Daniel July 12th, 2006

    I disagree on the sock explanation. Instead I believe socks are a pupal stage of coat hangers.

  9. Avatar for Scott Williams
    Scott Williams July 13th, 2006

    So when do we get our collectible versions of SubText?

  10. Avatar for U. S. citizian
    U. S. citizian February 8th, 2007

    we the people need to stop the use of the landfill for the use of paper and plastic products! It just takes up too much space!!!!

  11. Avatar for Mackenzie larson
    Mackenzie larson April 9th, 2007

    I think this is a really great idea!

  12. Avatar for siraj
    siraj August 30th, 2007

    ok so instead of putting tin in trash can .. use it as a showpiece in house!! what a fantastic idea .. or in other words .. have a landfill in your own home .. huh

  13. Avatar for R Burke
    R Burke September 10th, 2007

    Recycle everything you can, on a regular bases to avoid trash build-up and attracting critters. I avoid perchasing unrecyclable products but I have gotten better reusing, reducing and finally recycling everything since I do not even have space for a compost:( So I use cloth napkins instead of paper. And get all my office and household paper products made 100% recycled when I can.

  14. Avatar for Melyssa Sharp
    Melyssa Sharp May 4th, 2008

    wonderful, darhling, simply wonderful!!! ah ha ha ha!!!!

  15. Avatar for Vicci Rabinovov
    Vicci Rabinovov May 4th, 2008

    cool beens!! i like totally LUUUUUVVVVV recycling. its soooo kool, dude. i mean why not recycle?? its like so totally cool for the environment, dude. Oh, YEAH! R.E.C.Y.C.L.E!!!!!!!!!

  16. Avatar for Mrs. Elaine Norris
    Mrs. Elaine Norris May 4th, 2008

    I really do, truely believe that recycling collectables is a value irreplaceable in today's world. So much is thrown away these days. It is a crime. I fully agree with the prospect of collecting tins and the such. I have been doing that for 60 years. Thank you for letting the world (via internet) know of such wonderful ideas! :)

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    jesie January 19th, 2009

    i agree with most of this statment but i feel that news papers should be avalible as some sort of digitally programed computer like object that dayly has the next paper ready to read.