All this happened while some attendant bent down briefly to tie their shoe.
And as we mentioned, part of the job is to remain invisible, because trash is gross and no one wants to think about it. As Barbara told us, "No one wants to see us. People don't want to know how it happens." We don't want to know what happens to the hot dog wrapper we throw away any more than we want to see the slaughterhouse where the hot dog came from. That seems like modern civilization in a nutshell -- we want good things to appear in our hand and the unwanted aftermath to vanish, and to never have to think about either.
Hey, speaking of which ...
Recycling Is Only Kind Of Catching On
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If there's one environmental initiative humans have gotten semi-serious about, aside from making eco-disaster movies, it's recycling. The Stampede makes a point of having separate recycling bins next to the trash cans. David said that large events are also stepping up in the States. Coachella, Bonnaroo, and others have programs to reduce trash. Events like Burning Man, with a "Leave No Trace" policy and volunteers who spend months after the event making sure all trash has been removed, represent an attractive alternative to the "garbage everywhere!" philosophy of most festivals. But doing things like Burning Man would require everyone agreeing to clean up after themselves. And that's not going to happen.
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Take only pictures, leave only bunny ears, police tape, and shitloads of cigarettes.
After all, the national recycling rate in the United States hovers around 24 percent, and many huge events reflect this dismal commitment to the environment. "No one recycles," laments Barbara. "We don't even have the bins for them here."
Besides keeping an angry Mother Nature from unleashing rabid weasels on them, recycling can save stadiums $50,000 a year, simply through getting non-recyclables down to manageable levels. So why don't they do it? Many cities don't have recycling centers, and even if they do, it takes too much time.
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"Plastic in one bin, and paper in another? Fuck that. Into the ocean you all go."
And even when it's available, in some areas, recycling is such a foreign concept to the public that people seem genuinely uncertain as to how to approach the bins, as though they're rare wild animals which they thought were only native to San Francisco. "When we put up recycle bins a year ago at another arena I work at," said Barbara, "most of it still went into the trash, and most of the stuff in the recycle bin was normal trash." And condoms, presumably.
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