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Plastics: A Recycler’s Guide
I try to reduce my plastic packaging consumption by bringing net bags to hold my produce and tote bags to carry groceries home. When stuff I need, like dish soap and peanut butter, only comes encased in plastic, I recycle what I can. What’s OK? What’s not? Each facility has slightly different regulations, but here are some general guidelines.
· Plastic wrap, bags, and wrappers have a tendency to wind around machinery at the recycling center with unfortunate results.
· Small plastics, three inches or less, such as bag clips and pill packaging, get caught in the gears of the recycling machines.
· Flexible packaging, such as a potato chip bag, is hard to process and has no market.
· Deodorant is packaged in multiple kinds of plastic that can’t be separated.
· Polystyrene foam requires a special machine, which most places don’t have.
· Plastics marked 5 or higher are mixed and usually can’t be recycled.
· Plastic bottles and jars are generally fine.
Avoid the temptation to “wishcycle,” that is, throw in questionable stuff hoping it will be accepted. It won’t. And it may end up contaminating a bundle so it has to be sent to the landfill.
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