Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Living Green, # 2

Recycle! Please, at least do it for me...

With a little rudimentary education, everyone can become an avid, ok, maybe not avid - let's not push it - but at least a regular recycler.
Plastics, paper, glass, cardboard, and metal.
They all can be recycled. And, typically, most towns and cities have their own municipal recycling centers and pickups. Now, not everyone, granted. But there are also
private recycling centers. These will even pay you a little cash for your recycling, sometimes. I live in the city, so I get mine picked up every two weeks. But my parents, who don't live in the city, have to keep up with their recycling on their own and take it to a recycling center, on a somewhat regular basis, that is about 20 min. away from them.

Of course, having your recycling picked up for you makes things simpler. But you can still recycle on your own! Be like my parents and many other people out there!

(Different plastic recycle symbols: Korea, Japan, United States)

Now, as to what can be recycled...
Plastics are by far the most complicated material out there to be recycled, at least sorting and technicality-wise. Listen here folks, there's not just one kind plastic. We live in a world of plastics and one of the worst parts about this is that most of them can't be recycled. There are at least seven, count 'em seven, types of plastic out there with recycle symbols. Numbers 1 and 2 are the most common and the most commonly recycled. The other numbers can be recycled but, unfortunately, most places don't - meaning don't have the capabilities to - recycle them.

And don't forget: batteries, CDs, DVDs, and floppy discs can also be recycled. (They just have special recycling centers.)

For more information on all this jazz, visit earth911. They have some great facts and tips about recycling, plus they can tell you where your closest recycling center is.


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