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RECYCLABLES... recycle/repurpose at home or take to a collection center?  RSS feed

 
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I am a long time obsessive recycler. I tend to have tunnel vision when it comes to sorting and keeping as much as possible out of land fills and out of our home and off of our land. Our local recycling center has expanded with local support and now is only limited by storage space. There are other centers within a hundred miles that accept items that ours does not. Recently our's is taking 'e waste' for a fee...computers, tv's, stereos, etc.
I would love to hear what others are doing with recyclables. Do you think it is important? effective?
 
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Seattle and Los Angeles 'waste disposal' are both doing 3 bins: Garbage, Recycle, and Yard waste.

The biggest difference I see is that in L.A., used pizza boxes go to 'garbage', while here in Seattle, they go into 'yard waste'. There is a local company (Cedar Grove) that handles the yard waste. Their compost is sold in all of the local garden centers. Nice to see that it is being kept local.



 
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I guess it's the grease on the pizza box...same here..recycling won't take it and they go to the compactor. I'm pretty sure wet cardboard isn't accepted either along with waxed and that treated with fungicide. Because the value of cardboard is relatively high to sell for recycling, several of our larger stores bale their own and bypass our collection center.
Our small town/county government started taking recycling seriously when they saw the savings financially.
 
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