Not the traffic nor the crowds nor the over-priced real estate, no. Arizona has Cali beat there by orders of magnitude. Something happened today that makes me miss some of the policies in California. Today is recycling pickup day here in the East Valley of the Sun. After living more than 30 years in California, recycling is second nature to me. I diligently sort my trash, I rinse food residue off recyclable containers, I compost food waste, I minimize the trash I generate in every way I can. So after this morning's pickup I see something taped to the blue recycling bin on the curb as I pull it back into my yard. It is a notice from the City about what products they will no longer except because "there is little to no commercial market for them." This includes anything made from Styrofoam (even if it has the recyclable symbol on it,) any dog food or cat food containers or bags, any cans not made from 100% aluminum, paper that is not newspaper, and a long list of other items. It also says that all acceptable recycling items must be loose in the bin, no more bags will be accepted. They instruct that all unacceptable items should go into regular trash to be taken to the land fill. What the holy hell? The note goes on to say that if the driver notices policy "violations" in the bin "repeatedly" (no idea what repeatedly means) that they will terminate recyclable pickup at my address. Well fuck you City of Mesa. This is what living in a "red state" is about I suppose, but it is short-sighted and stupid.