|Re: Recycling non-recyclables||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2021 07:05:23 -0700 (PDT)|
Claudia Fabiano <claudfabiano [at] gmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. NOTE: Digest subscribers can make replying easier by using "auto folders" particularly Gmail and Outlook users. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q6.5 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Many materials are hard to recycle, or even if you follow proper recycling rules, they don't actually end up getting recycled. So ideally: 1) you avoid acquiring plastic bags and styrofoam and other hard to recycle items in the first place, but that's not always possible. To avoid a lot of packaging- look for Zero Waste grocery stores and online stores (like Package Free Shop), or you can try Loop, which allows you to send back the packaging for many products for reuse, but is not available everywhere yet. 2) Second best is finding a way to reuse them. In my area (DC), many of these items can be offered in Buy Nothing groups for people in your neighborhood to reuse (for example, moving boxes/bubble wrap/packing paper/padded envelopes, plastic bags for people with dogs, household items you no longer use, etc) but you can also think creatively about businesses in your area who can reuse things- ice packs and any kind of bags to orgs who redistribute food, berry clamshells and egg cartons are accepted by many farmers at farmers markets for reuse, etc. 3) If you can't reduce or reuse, then the third best option is recycling, when possible. If your local municipality doesn't take something, grocery stores often take plastic bags for recycling, and then there are the paid programs like Terracycle and Plastic Tree (which I haven't personally tried because I'm trying really hard to cut down on acquiring single use materials in the first place). I'm happy to help think through other ways to avoid creating waste that can't be reused or recycled easily- feel free to contact me with more specific questions- claudfabiano [at] gmail.com
Recycling non-recyclables Andrew LeCompte, March 23 2021
- Re: Recycling non-recyclables Fred-List manager, March 27 2021
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