So much for recycling as a perfect save-the-planet solution …
It seems recycling may be deadly, according to the CBS “Evening News.”
“The business of recycling is a big part of the reason people are piling their trucks full of junk,” said CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes on the July 11.
According to the CBS Web site report about the same thing, “the mess [from trucks full of junk] causes some 25,000 accidents a year.”
The story focused on “saving lives” as Katie Couric referred to it because at least three people mentioned had been killed by debris. Drivers were killed either by falling pieces of material or as a result of dodging large objects left in the road.
“There’s been an increase in both the scrap metal and scrap paper and cardboard,” said Officer Kenneth Duke of the California Highway Patrol in the broadcast. “There’s been a big increase in – in people collecting all the cardboard and bringing it to the recycling center.”