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We Can Increase Recycling Rates By Changing Perception of Packaging

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Have you ever wondered why someone may take a perfectly recyclable item and simply throw it in the trash, when they have the option to recycle it? I know I have, and apparently so did Jennifer Argo, a researcher at the University of Alberta's Alberta

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Julie E (405)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 10:29 am
Do whatever it takes.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:01 am
I know that #1 and 2 are recyclable - 5,6,7 are not. Sometimes those items seem very much the same, sometimes the numbers are almost impossible to read or find. So whatever would make recyclables easier to identify would be very helpful. And then, of course, there's always the idea of using LESS packaging of any kind...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:08 am
Never thought of the condition of a package making any difference. Why would you not recycle a crunchy can?
You can find a recycling center if you try ~ if I have access to two where I live, I think you'll find one near you.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:21 pm
Key to recycling as with much anything else
is educating the public. I take mine to the
Central Recycling shop about once a month.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:42 pm
Our recycling center puts out an annual calendar so people can remember when stuff gets picked up and also be reminded of what is recyclable. On the back are the 5 triangles and what letters are accepted. This really helps, but not everyone gets the calendar, like security apartment bldgs. i call every year to get one sent out and I've often thought if the scedules could be printed in the phone books, everyone would get one. Just an idea...Noted and thanks.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:48 pm
My trash carrier will, for an additiona $5 per month, pick up my recyclables, provide a polycart just for recyclables, and sort them for me. And they do take plastics #1 through #7 as long as they are not bags, film, or wrap, which gum up the machines. This is a real blessing for me since I am partly disabled. In fact, tonight's the night I need to put stuff out - better go do that.

. (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:32 pm
Thank you for this.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:21 pm
Thanks again Cher.

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:18 pm
Recycling has become second nature for many here in Holland. We've been recycling glass and paper for at least 35 years, then we started with separate wheely bins for compostables, cans and tetra packs dumped in small recycle stations soon followed and the latest is to separate all plastics from the trash which is then picked up separately in bags. Which leaves very little true trash at al, especially if you bring your lamps, machines, gadgets, furniture and all other recyclables to the larger facilities. And we still have a lot of returnable bottles.

We also do not get fined if we make mistakes, the whole lot is always sifted before processing. That may not be perfect and in fact makes it more costly, but with with so much stuff recycled (more than 90% of glass is recycled nowadays),it's still worthwhile.

So if people do not recycle then it's usually because they're too lazy.

Julie W (32)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 7:22 pm
We are required to crush cans with the lid inside in Australia - or at least in my part of Oz. But I wish plastic containers (which are hard to avoid) would have 'Recyclable' clearly written on them.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:22 am
I think the one observation of how I see my fellow being recycling or not recycling, as the case may be, is the level or scale of botherability, that is, can I be bothered by this? Do I really want to do this, etc. I go to work, and the number of times, lack of attention or the feeling of "I'm above this kind of thing," or "this is for the cleaners...." etc., are quite strong reasons why people don't engage in recycling, or recycling more... and on the other end of the scale, I often look for stuff, whereby the packaging, can be recycled!
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