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Comment: IS THE RUMOUR CIRCULATING ABOUT RECYCLING TRUE? ACCORDING TO THIS RUMOUR, IF YOU DO NOT UNCAP RECYCLABLE PLASTICS THEY WON'T RECYCLE THEM BECAUSE IT "COSTS TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THE WORKERS TO UNCAP THE BOTTLES THEMSELVES"...
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I seriously doubt the plastic shredding machine cares if the bottles are capped or uncapped. The lid is recyclable as well.

Oh, and stop yelling.

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If I go to Safeway, the machines take the bottles with or without lids. If I go to WinCo, the machine spits the bottles back at me if I don't remove them. I leave the lids on so they are cleaner to store.

Of course, I live in a state that gives us a $.05 deposit, so I don't know how it is where people recycle bottles at the kerb.

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Our recycling program specifies "no lids". Don't know about the bottle-return machines as I rarely drink soda.

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Well, since it is a monetary loss to recycle most things (metals, especially aluminum, being the big exception) I see no way this could be true.
Recycling is a bad deal.

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I always uncap plastic bottles before throwing them in the recycle bin, using the rationale that with the lids on they take up unnecessary volume, as they can't be (easily) crushed.
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The net loss can't be much worse than the cost of trucking everything to a landfill, can it?

Do landfills ever get full? Or do they just become ever-growing mountains?

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Our local recycling pick up service says to remove all lids from glass and plastic bottles and jars.

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quote:
Originally posted by liebeslied:
The net loss can't be much worse than the cost of trucking everything to a landfill, can it?

Do landfills ever get full? Or do they just become ever-growing mountains?

You betcha landfills get full.

Once they're full they have to cover them up and close the site down, then continue to monitor them that nothing is leaking, and ideally they'll install a gas collection system to reclaim the methane.

ETA: Generally the lids are a different plastic than the container, so it probably depends on if your specific center recycles that type of plastic. I highly doubt the recycling center throws the whole thing away if they don't accept the lid.

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The plastic lids on soda bottles are different kinds of plastic and they have to be separated, weather by law or otherwise. But separating and unscrewing each and every plastic bottle is very inefficient and slows the process down.

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What Diddy said.

Remove your caps. Throw them away.

Don't recycle plastics other than the kinds your recycler takes. Mixing plastics isn't good.

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Typically, I don't put the lids back on when I'm done; both lid and bottle get put in separately.

Of course, I have serious issues with my recyclers: they only pick up twice per month and they give us a small container to use for our recycles. With 2 growing boys and a DH who loves his milk, not to mention the other items, we can fill it in a week. So I've taken to using a 55 gallon garbage can with "RECYCLE" painted on both sides in big black letters. Now either they're not bright enough to read, or they're too lazy to stop at my house (I am the only house on my side for about 3/4 mile), because they're constantly leaving my recycles. When I complain, the boro says to just put them out the next time. In what? By that time, I'll need two garbage cans that they can conveniently forget. [Mad]

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Ask your recycler what you're supposed to do. Here in Switzerland, people are requested to flatten their PET bottles and then put the lids on to keep the bottles flat. Even in this picture for the recycle and win contest show a flattened PET bottle with the lid.

(For those that don't read German and are curious, people can enter the contest by writing their name and address on a PET bottle and then put the bottle in the recycling for a chance to win 1000 CHF.)

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I get rid of the caps and the rings. Some of the rings can be tough to remove though.

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I didn't know the reasoning was that they're different plastics. Hmm.
I tend to leave the lids on until I take them out to the curb, and then as I'm transferring them to the bigger container, take each lid off. Then I can make sure they're empty as I do it. This is for water bottles from my lunch, etc. that end up in my room. If I'm putting them right in our blue box, it goes off. Once in a while one gets through.
I understand it for water bottles, but not for, say, Philly Cream cheese, where the lid is pretty clearly the same material as the container. But I guess it's just simpler to say all lids off rather than try to make distinctions.
Here we also have a Green Bin program, where kitchen leftovers and paper towels and the like are collected in a small plastic lined paper bag in a small green bin and transferred to a large plastic lined green bin, which you can wheel out to the street. Or you can just carry the bag out there. They pick that up separately and make compost out of it. I really wish they'd do that in the school.

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I live in Toronto. Recently, the city introduced a "Green Bin" program that basically recycles organics - since we have to ship most of our trash south of the border it is actually quite a sensible idea. While I was living in the semi-suburbian area the program worked perfectly. However, now that I've moved to a downtown condo it looks like there's a fatal flow in this approach. Most of the garbage I generate is either styrofoam or plastic bags. I really wish we had something in place to recycle these, as they hardly ever degrade. What's worse, there's already some kind of infrastructure in place, as UofT defenitely recycles its styrofoam (with all those food vans lined up St. George's it also makes perfect sense). What really pisses me off is that there are no plans in place to do this - although, I have to say, recently we were allowed to dump cans, bottles and paper in the same bin without sorting them first.

At some point in time, I also have to say, I've heard rumors that crashed cans won't be recycled as the recycling companies are throwing away the top and bottom and supposedly recycling walls only.

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quote:
Originally posted by beaver_slayer:
I live in Toronto. Recently, the city introduced a "Green Bin" program that basically recycles organics - since we have to ship most of our trash south of the border it is actually quite a sensible idea. While I was living in the semi-suburbian area the program worked perfectly. However, now that I've moved to a downtown condo it looks like there's a fatal flow in this approach. Most of the garbage I generate is either styrofoam or plastic bags. I really wish we had something in place to recycle these, as they hardly ever degrade. What's worse, there's already some kind of infrastructure in place, as UofT defenitely recycles its styrofoam (with all those food vans lined up St. George's it also makes perfect sense). What really pisses me off is that there are no plans in place to do this - although, I have to say, recently we were allowed to dump cans, bottles and paper in the same bin without sorting them first.

At some point in time, I also have to say, I've heard rumors that crashed cans won't be recycled as the recycling companies are throwing away the top and bottom and supposedly recycling walls only.

Here we are able to recycle plastic bags in our blue box, as of I think 2 years ago - you might want to check that as we're fairly close geographically.
Otherwise, a lot of grocery stores used to have places where you could drop off bags of plastic bags (brand didn't matter) to be recycled. A few still have them.

It is getting kind of silly - cans and bottles here, cardboard piled, stacked, and tied there, etc.

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quote:
Originally posted by Latiam:
Here we are able to recycle plastic bags in our blue box, as of I think 2 years ago - you might want to check that as we're fairly close geographically.
Otherwise, a lot of grocery stores used to have places where you could drop off bags of plastic bags (brand didn't matter) to be recycled. A few still have them.

It is getting kind of silly - cans and bottles here, cardboard piled, stacked, and tied there, etc.

I'm in Ontario as well (Newmarket) and, I agree, the bi-monthly pickup for recycling is getting ridiculous. I usually ony have one 1/2 full bag of garbage a week, yet can easily fill 3-4 recycling bins in 2 weeks. (we also pay for our garbage here; anything over 2 bags is $1/bag)
Luckily, we don't have to sort (although I do rinse and remove labels)

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