Is water safe to drink ?

Some days ago, I was roaming on the roads at around 10-11 pm (I dont remember the exact time). What I saw (repeatedly, on various nights) was that some men were looking with a long stick into the garbage bins kept on the roadside. Then they picked up some bottles of water in different sizes from that garbage bin and filled their polybags and just went away.

What I was thinking is, what do they do after picking these empty bottles?

One of the thought that came to my mind was: Is it, that they are taking the empty bottles, then selling it to someone and then these bottles get filled with water and again sold in the market? So, is it safe to throw empty bottles into the garbage bins?

Next time, I throw any bottle into garbage bin, I make myself sure that it is crushed, beyond re-use.

3 Comments so far

  1. seskey on August 11th, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    The people are picking-up the empty plastic bottles by piercing the stick into them wearing surgical gloves.

    They are collecting it for plastic recycling not for refilling. :) if you looking under the PP bottles you can see a digit between the arrow triangles that digit signifies how many times the material can be recycled.

  2. tzaidi on August 11th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    That’s right, the bottles are recycled. Just for the clarification, UAE is net importer of edibles and most of the items are packed in plastic which is left in bins around the city after the use. Therefore the plastic re-cycling industry (so is metal scrap) is thriving in Dubai & Sharjah.

  3. 2020hindsight on August 15th, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    I think the simple answer Shabbir is not to throw any bottles in the garbage bin. Separate them out and take them to a recycle point. That way you can be safe and help the planet !

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