Some people wash their recycling like their dishes. Too many others put not yet empty containers out to the curb. What’s the best way to clean recycling?
Recycling can seem complicated. Part of the problem is we can think it accomplishes more or less than it really does. Let’s tackle some recycling myths.
Once you haul your recyclables out to the curb, what happens to them? A lot of the recycling process depends on your municipality’s practices. Most rely on single-stream recycling.
The terms “extended producer responsibility”(EPR) and “product stewardship mean about the same thing. Recently, however, a distinction has arisen. Product stewardship mostly means voluntary programs. EPR mostly refers to programs mandated by.
Every year, we recycle about half a million tons of plastic bags. If that sounds impressive, it’s only about 5% of all the plastic bags we use. Still, plastic bag recycling gives us some important new products.
You take your recycling out to the curb, or maybe to a drop-off center. You feel good about being so conscientious, but you wonder what happens to recycling. Then you find some cynic writing that it all just goes to the landfill anyway. So what really happens to recycling?