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Reduce and re-use

I have some information about recycling.

There are four categories of flat, thin, wood pulp products (otherwise known as paper) that are accepted for recycling by Waste Management, the company that controls our waste in this county. These are listed by monetary value per pound:

1. White office paper with only black ink

2. Newspaper

3. Cardboard

4. Scrap paper (includes magazines, junk mail, window envelopes, paper cups, and yes, my dear, your scrappy old phone books)

By the way, I am also told by Waste Management’s Jay Stratton that they really are serious about taking 2 through 7 plastics, and that does include Styrofoam cups and polystyrene plastic items, as long as it has a “6” on it, even styrofoam chunks (but not peanuts – take those to your local mailboxes business.)

Personally, I question what they do with all this mixed plastic once it gets shipped to China on all those empty container ships our trade deficit causes to be sent out. Ugly rumors of “recycling center” pollution and labor abuses have been circulating for years, which is why Greenpeace officially came out against the whole deal a couple years ago.

What’s the solution? Source reduction, bulk buying, container reuse. Bring your own coffee cup, and save the planet.

Cat Cook

Nevada City

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