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February 16, 2012

Repurpose or Recycle? Know Your Plastic!

Recycling

In the immortal words of Mr. McGuire from The Graduate: "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. . . . Are you listening? . . . Plastics." This week, we'll provide tips on how to reuse and recycle everyday plastic items.

Tip #4: Educate Yourself on Plastic Recycling

It is easy to mistake the "chasing arrows'" symbol as a sign that a material is recyclable, but you might be shocked to learn that it only denotes products that are plastic. Not all plastic is easily recyclable; moreover, a lot of plastic ends up in the landfill, or worse — en route to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We encourage you to read up on the fate of everyday plastics; you may find it is more complicated than you once thought. Stay informed to know when to reduce, when to recycle, and when to reuse.

--image courtesy of iStock/Dic

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