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Where does recycled plastic go? I’m finding out more on this – mostly with readers’ help. Art from Grass Valley said, “I’ve got a fleece jacket that is made entirely from recycled plastic (polypropylene) milk jugs.” And reader Jeff Hugill told me plastic milk jugs are used to make the fuzz on the outside of tennis balls. Isn’t that wild? Then I heard from Allison Miller, our county’s recycling technician. Allison says, “(Plastic) is recycled into just about anything. Lumber, shingles, toys, fabrics, carpet, outdoor furniture, housewares, garden and agricultural supplies, office supplies, packaging, bottles … everything from boxer shorts to sea walls! Plastic bags or plastic film is made into lumber and siding, more plastic film products and injection molded products. While plastic bags must be taken to participating local grocery stores (check our Web site), all hard plastics numbered 1 through 7 can be put in your curbside bin or dropped off at the mini barns, Recycling Works and the transfer station. Also, the more people buy recycled products, the better the market for sending our recycled plastics to be made into these products. Residents are always invited to check out or call our hotline at 265-1768.”

Beware of door-to-door carpet cleaners: Jo Taylor said there are some people in our community who are doing this as a scam. Here’s what Jo told me: “Lately in the Police Blotter there have been reports of a man and woman appearing to be carpet cleaners trying to bully their way into seniors’ homes. I think I’ve seen about three to four of these incidents reported. But what worries me is that how many are not reported? My mother lives in a senior mobile home park on Highway 49 and just told me of three incidents there alone, but the troubling thing is they have knocked at the doors around 9 p.m. Obviously this is something no reputable company of any kind would do. In one case, the woman actually pushed her way past the woman occupant to ‘inspect’ but left abruptly when the husband appeared. Calls to the manager of this park have produced nothing and I was told only one person called 911 – the other visits were left unreported.”

Scam involving jury duty: A reader e-mailed me this. “In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn’t show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.”


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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