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Recycling Is in Trouble and You May Be Part of the Problem

Environment  (tags: conservation, ecosystems, pollution )

- 816 days ago -
"Our contamination changes by the season," said Mike Taylor, the company's director of recycling operations here."


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Donna T (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:10 pm
thank you

David C (75)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:12 pm
noted, very careful, but once again its about the bottom line, its a job creator......some irony, thanks, maybe in the future there will be true no sorting needed recycling, but for now I think sorting is actually a good thing.....also find out what YOUR recycler wants w/r cleaning, bottle caps, etc

Phyllis P (232)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:47 pm
Many cities around the country will celebrate the 47th Earth Day on Saturday by highlighting their recycling programs, but the industry is grappling with a dual threat: The value of recovered waste products has plummeted over the past five years, and the amount of effort required to extract them has risen. A study by Rob Taylor with the State Recycling Program in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality estimated that the average market value of a ton of mixed recyclable material arriving at a recovery facility in the state dropped from just over $180 in early 2011 to less than $80 at the end of 2015. That value has since rebounded a bit, Taylor found, to a little over $100, but it still leaves the industry struggling to extract profit from the millions of tons of recyclable material Americans throw away every year.

Beryl L (78)
Friday April 21, 2017, 6:49 am
*too much unnecessary packing material that is not recyclable is much of the problem.
*corporations need to re-examine the way they pack in plastic styrofoam and unrecyclable peanuts and styrofoam.
*Toys that are used for a year... Just cuz their little brats can't play with natural products and have fun without plastic junk.--made of plastic unrecyclable and just watch them fill their carts with trash at the store.
*people don't hand me down clothes and *plastic bags should be banned. If you don't bring a box or bag you can't buy groceries.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday April 21, 2017, 10:37 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday April 21, 2017, 1:48 pm
Noted, Thank you

Beth M (138)
Friday April 21, 2017, 4:46 pm
There is no pickup for recyclables where I live so I watch what I take to the recycling center.

Harry Knapp (0)
Friday April 21, 2017, 6:20 pm
it seems they are putting the blame on home owners not recycling companies, who should adapt to the job.

Mariana L (83)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 1:24 am
noted,thank you

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 1:03 pm
I recycle what I can in Canada! And I use baskets for my shopping & use used plastic bags for my garbage. Thanks Phyllis

Jeff Creech (64)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 2:31 pm
There are just too many people who do not care and are actually very hateful people. That is the problem.

MmAway M (520)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 2:56 pm
Thanks ~ I have a ton of "stuff" that is going to be hauled off.
Happy Earth Day

Frances Darcy (92)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 3:10 pm
Same problems here in Ireland...and as recycling collection is much cheaper or free than general waste, people fill their recycle bins with rubbish masked at the top with newspaper.

David C (75)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 6:18 pm
thought I'd already commented on this, but thanks for sharing!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 7:58 pm
Perhaps they should do what Nova Scotia has done. Give very CLEAR instruction. People must bag certain things in certain color bags and place cans, glass, plastic in certain bins. There is someone who is with the collection truck and they spot check the items left at the curb.

If you have done it incorrect you receive first time a warning. If you do it again you get a fine, which goes up for each offense. Believe me, people quickly learn how to figure it out. Your bag is also left for you to fix they don't take it.

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday April 23, 2017, 2:08 am
❤️❤️Noted...❤️Very interesting. We have a blue recycling bin. Each year the council prints out the dates it will be picked up and what is permitted to be put in there. Seems to work okay.❤️Thank you...Phyllis❤️❤️

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Mandi T (367)
Sunday April 23, 2017, 11:21 am
Noted thank you

Sandra Penna (135)
Monday April 24, 2017, 2:50 pm
Noted, thank you.

Shirley S (187)
Monday April 24, 2017, 5:58 pm
We have 3 bins. One for general garbage,one for recyclables & one for garden refuse.The last two are collected on alternate weeks.

Suzanne L (89)
Monday April 24, 2017, 10:25 pm
In Ontario we have much the same system as Dandelion mentioned for Nova Scotia. But a big problem is that many people avoid recycling because it's too much trouble. Especially in apartment buildings this seems to happen. I think recycling needs a rehaul where recycling plants do the major sorting from all garbage and where companies are encouraged to use little or no plastic in packaging.

desanka s (416)
Tuesday April 25, 2017, 2:41 am
In Serbia, we start recycling programs 3 years ago. There is so much unnecessary garbage material around. TY dear Phyllis.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday April 28, 2017, 1:53 am
Noted, thanks Phyllis!

Janis K (129)
Sunday April 30, 2017, 12:39 pm
Thanks for sharing.
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