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Reduce, reuse, repurpose: Does recycling make sense? | Greener Edmonds

 

Last updated 8/26/2021 at 9:40am



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Are we actually doing any good when we recycle? This is a more complicated question than it should be.

If we decide this is the only thing needed to save the planet and that a pass gets issued on doing anything else or, the clear answer is no.

If we can make recycling work more efficiently and can increase the demand for products made from recycled materials, then the answer is yes.

However, there is a much better option than recycling.

Right now, most of the things we put in the recycle bin do not get recycled. A national average is something like two-thirds gets trashed. F...



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Reader Comments(2)

Deborah Arthur writes:

I needed more space. I will not compost because I already have 2 years ago stopped feeding birds. I have due to the building a massive tree cutting find I have more rats in the yard then ever more racoons than ever... Racoons love garbage and can open anything. SO no I won't do that. I might suggest people keep their bubble wrap that every Amazon box is full to the brim with is a problem. So keep it shop local and when you go to buy a breakable pretty wrap it in your bubble rap take home and repeat!

Deborah Arthur writes:

First, if you cancel your junk mail I was told years ago we would see a dramatic drop in postmen/women. And you won't receive your subscribed to magazines. You would need a box at the PO for those... Next.. about we talk to the grocers... Take your own, probably plastic storage containers for left overs, to the store the DELI is a plastic nightmare. Have them fill your own bowl and take it home. eat and repeat!!! The grocery stores are full of plastic. Things at home depot so full of plastic wrapping material it ridiculous. So should we unwrap them right there at the store before we purchase to get a look at and take them to their registers and let them run their little codes then leave the darn plastic they chose to have at the store and they can worry about it...I have always been big on re-purposing as I like to create so do it!!!Its fun and gets you off this beast of burden. As far as buy less..That is a big mind your own business to me!! Also I am not composting.

 
 
 

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