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2/5/09 11:37 P

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I don't get that one Mel. If it is number 1 plastic they should..

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2/5/09 2:02 P

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OH! Cool! Now I don't have to feel guilty for throwing them away! :)

I was annoyed the last time I took the recycling, because they won't take the #1 containers that I'm given at the deli. I even washed them out!

Can anyone tell me why? I can't imagine it would be a health code violation, since it is essentially "trash".


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2/4/09 5:31 P

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My area ony recycles numbers 1 and 2 also and the caps are OK.

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2/4/09 3:51 P

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In my area we can only recycle #1 and #2 plastic. Do you know if the caps are either of these numbers?


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2/4/09 3:41 P

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My pamphlet says that the caps, as long as they are plastic, they are OK.

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2/4/09 12:31 P

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We take off the really hard plastic tops (milk cans, juice bottles, soda bottles) as it creates undue wear and tear on the machines that process the recycleable plastics.........that is what it said when I got my recycle bucket.
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2/4/09 11:30 A

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One more thing. Does your pamphlet say anything about taking the top off drink cans like for v-8 or canned milk?

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2/3/09 4:15 P

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No, it is not necessary to remove the labels. WEll, at least not here. I have the recycling magazine distributed by the Recycling plant. Labels are ok.

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2/3/09 2:02 P

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I was them in the dishwasher (since it uses less water) and then put them in the bin...but I'm not sure about the labels either.


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2/3/09 8:03 A

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What about removing the label? Is it important to remove the label before recycling?

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2/2/09 1:26 P

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Thanks, Sarah........that is sort of my reasoning. Everytime I go to wash something for the recycle bucket I think "Am I doing more harm than good, here?" Is it better to waste the water or throw it into the landfill?
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2/2/09 8:25 A

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In some places it definitely needs to be washed.

You know how when you try wash something off that has been crusted on for days it is a pain in the butt? All of that crap that gets left on before it gets recycled is really hard to get off. So the stuff that isnt clean doesnt always get recycled, even if it is put in recycle bins.

So I would say that you are not wasting anything by cleaning your recyclables!

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2/2/09 1:32 A

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I have to wash everything because I keep it in a closed (on the porch) till i can drive to the recycling plant. We do not have collection of recycleables. But as silksiren, I use water from dishes I am washing. Although I do have a dishwasher, there are things i wash by hand...

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2/1/09 4:20 P

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I still do dishes the old fashion way, so if it is not something I can rinse and add to the dish, I drop it in my sink and rinse it in my dish water. I can't wait for the day I get a dishwasher.

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2/1/09 2:11 P

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I do a quick cold rinse before I put it in my small bucket inside and when that's full I put it in the large recycling can outside, sooner if it stinks. If it's soups or sauces, I use filtered water to rinse and at it to the pot.
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2/1/09 10:14 A

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I wash everything out as well.

Sorry I wasn't clear in my question.

Does it make sense? Am I harming the environment more by using the water?

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2/1/09 9:18 A

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I do it simply because our recycle bin is near the kitchen and I don't want the rotten food smell. I also do it so that they're not attractive to wild animals, who might get their heads stuck trying to lick them clean.

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2/1/09 8:48 A

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I'm sure this has been discussed before.
Is it worth "wasting" water to wash out cans and jars for the recycle bin?
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