Boiled, rerolled and sold

It’s not the headline part that concerns here:

Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new, state media reported.

The difficult and expensive part of any recycling operation is the collection of the thing to be recycled.

Where in buggery – possibly not le mot juste given the minority sport that is – do you collect a third of a million used johnnies from?

14 thoughts on “Boiled, rerolled and sold”

  1. The owner of the warehouse said they had received a “monthly input of used condoms from an unknown person”.

    Only one? That person must really get around.

  2. Any litter or rubbish there has monetary value. A chap comes in with a basket and offers cash for any cardboard, plastic, glass, scrap metal, etc. Why should used condoms be any different? It’s made of rubber, if memory serves…someone was being quite clever, instead of recycling the rubber into whatever they just held true to the original purpose.

  3. Where in buggery do you collect a third of a million used johnnies from?

    Guadalhorce industrial estate Malaga should be productive. But most of the street-girls working that are Nigerianas. So probably fifth hand before you got to them & you’d need a bicycle puncture repair kit.

    Things you can learn on Tim’s site, eh? It’s just by the airport, save you asking.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    I can still remember my surprise when someone explained to me that most of the cost of a packet of nails was the packet and the shipping.

    I would bet the same is true of condoms. They are a little blob of artificial rubber blown up on a machine. They are dirt cheap. The majroty of the price is likely to be the shop’s mark up and then the next biggest share the package or the distribution.

    So a country has to be dirt poor for recycling to make any sense.

    (Unless, I suppose, they are collected as a by-product of yet another industry. Don’t buy any skin cream from Vietnam. Just to be safe)

  5. Back when I were a lad, johnnies were known as Thames trout since that was about all you could catch in our capital river. So maybe they use specially designed nets or something.

  6. Seen plastic carrier bag salesmen in markets in Africa…. Threw me from a distance – hundreds of bags hanging neatly from the underside of a large acacia tree – thought they wuz flowers.

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