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Old 03-13-2006, 01:51 PM   #21
 
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Oh yeah, I forgot. Public libraries here have battery recycling bins so people can bring in their old/used batteries to be recycled. I don't know how many people take advantage of that,though. Thank goodness cause I wouldn't want to just throw out old batteries in the regular trash.
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:48 PM   #22
 
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We have always done all the basics.... They don't pick up our batteries curbside though, and I do forget to bring those to a store bin. I had a huge bag of them lurking around in my car for weeks and I just gave up and threw them away when dh said he was worried about them leaking.

I go through our garbage pretty carefully, getting the toilet paper rolls and all. They make it very easy for us... it all goes in one huge rolling bin, no sorting of the basics like plastic, paper, cans. I can't imagine how they sort it all, though
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:11 PM   #23
 
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I recycle. Save the planet.
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:13 PM   #24
 
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It's mandatory here in NYC -- you'll get a fine if you throw away recyclables
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I'm a big recycler. My husband doesn't understand many of the concepts and I waste a lot of time removing food contamination or non-recyclablyes from the recycling bin. It's pretty annoying, but heh, he hasn't lived outside of San Diego for 15 years. This town isn't exactly about recycling, but they are in search of a new landfill.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:09 PM   #26
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I'm a big recycler. My husband doesn't understand many of the concepts and I waste a lot of time removing food contamination or non-recyclablyes from the recycling bin. It's pretty annoying, but heh, he hasn't lived outside of San Diego for 15 years. This town isn't exactly about recycling, but they are in search of a new landfill.
I am a big recycler too. My DH is lacking in the conecpt too; but, at least your husband makes a little better effort than mine. He just throws everything in the garbage and I have to pick it out and clean it
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:16 PM   #27
 
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Definatly! I actually just put the boxes out at the end of the driveway


I can't believe that it's not mandatory everywhere...thatís really disappointing Here you get fined if you throw recyclable stuff in with your normal trash.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:29 AM   #28
 
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Do any of you know whether or not styrofoam gets recycled? I noticed on some styrofoam there is a little recycle sign with the number 6. I've been throwing it in with my plastics but wasn't sure that this was appropriate.

Does anyone know?
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:43 AM   #29
 
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Recycling has been mandatory for years now in NY.
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Do any of you know whether or not styrofoam gets recycled? I noticed on some styrofoam there is a little recycle sign with the number 6. I've been throwing it in with my plastics but wasn't sure that this was appropriate.

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I think you would need to ask your town or whoever collects the recycling. Different types of plastics may or may not be collected in different areas. My town collects plastic bottles but not styrofoam.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:49 AM   #31
 
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I don't recycle as much as I could. I donate stuff instead of throwing it out. I recycle aluminum. I don't get newspapers and I keep old magazines. I throw out plastic, but I have nowhere to take it(that I know of).
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:50 AM   #32
 
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Every town is different. Just about everyone recycles glass, aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastics. Most do not recycle Styrofoam because it isnít cost effective. You have to contact your municipality to find out if they do, but most likely they donít.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:54 AM   #33
 
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Our city has a recycling program, and I recyle. And reprimand at people who don't.

They don't recycle styrofoam here, but if you have those styro peanuts, it's easy to find people who want them. At least here it is. You can collect them in garbage bags and anyone who does shipping will most likely take them...potters, stores that ship, etc.

The coffee shops here offer their used grounds to gardeners who compost.

I'm not as dedicated to recycling as I could be, but I try.
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:20 PM   #34
 
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Yes but I really wish my neighborhood had curbside pick-up :x
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:30 PM   #35
 
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Every town is different. Just about everyone recycles glass, aluminum cans and #1 and #2 plastics. Most do not recycle Styrofoam because it isnít cost effective. You have to contact your municipality to find out if they do, but most likely they donít.
Thanks, I didn't even think to check out our county website. I just did and I got my answer!

Clear, brown and green glass, No.1 and No. 2 plastics, aluminum/tin/steel cans, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, mixed paper, used oil, oil filters, waste tires

What do you do with the metal lids on glass jars? I have been tossing them in with my aluminum/tin cans.
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:34 PM   #36
 
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If you have questions, you can probably call your recycling center.

It's important to make sure you don't throw in non-recyclables in--some places will throw out the entire batch if there is something non-recyclable.

And remember to take the lids of all the plastic bottles!
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:06 PM   #37
 
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And remember to take the lids of all the plastic bottles!
Why they don't recycle those???
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:16 PM   #38
 
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And remember to take the lids of all the plastic bottles!
Why they don't recycle those???
I don't think they are made of a recyclable plastic. The bottles are usually #1 or #2 but the lids are not. It seems like they could make more products out of 1 or 2 so they would be recyclable, but you know how much big corporations care about the environment.
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:25 PM   #39
 
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I'm chuckling, thinking about a friend of my BF's who is a big conspiracy guy. He tried to tell me that the triangle on the bottom of the foam cup was the universal sign for "Danger," and the number inside denoted how toxic the plastic is. I actually think he was serious. He's a real kook.
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:37 PM   #40
 
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I was so good at recycling in Sweden. It's big there and they have centers everywhere. Here; no. I am not even sure they have a center for it in my town.
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