Many thanks to Eartha Steward and the Summit Daily for yesterday’s column discussing what works and what doesn’t in terms of the recycling of plastics. I, like many of my friends and neighbors, had fallen into the “feels good” trap when it came to putting all kinds of plastics, Nos. 1 through 7, into my single-stream recycling container and cheerfully taking it to the curb each week.
Recently, however, I learned that much of what I thought I was recycling was, in fact, going into the landfill because there is no cost-effective market for the co-mingled mess that results from the convenience of single-stream recycling.
Inconvenient as it is, the only way to really recycle seems to be to separate our glass, newspaper, aluminum and Nos. 1 and 2 plastics and make the trip to the recycling center. This gives our castaways a better chance of getting re-used in an efficient and less energy intensive manner.
While I try to learn what I can about how best to “reduce, re-use and recycle,” future discussion of this from Eartha would be helpful.