I have a question that will probably have all the experienced greenies cringe, but perhaps you can help. I have recently started recycling and we have a plastic and paper recycler in our area. Now, here’s my question: What counts as paper? And what counts as plastic? Is paper ALL paper and cardboard products, including the plastic lined rice milk box? Is plastic ALL plastics, including the packets from the steamed vegetables with food on them? How exacting are the criteria? I would really appreciate the clarification—a question “for dummies” I’m afraid!
I expect that most experienced greenies will be impressed at your initiative! The answer is that each municipality is different so you\’ll need to check with your local sanitation department. There are many items that are recyclable that are not recycled in a particular area (ie NYC only recycles jug and bottle shaped plastics but doesn\’t recycle salad containers,
which use a different kind of plastic). Your city government or sanitation department will have a list of what is accepted. You go, girl!