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20th May

Monday, May 20, 2019

"Think about how your actions make a difference in the world"

I learned about making 'eco-bricks' - we can't recycle everything locally, but there are some organizations who can collect things that the local council can't deal with, and can get them recycled. One project is called 'eco-bricks' where you stuff all your wrappers and plastic-ey things into a plastic bottle - they are then used to make new plastics apparently. It certainly removed a lot from the general waste bin. Around here I think I can simply drop these off at a local school or something - or perhaps I drop it off the waste so that they make the eco-bricks - I'm not sure. But I learned a bit about it.

In the UK, this organization TerraCycle seems most helpful - I can see there are several collection points for stuff near me. The downside is that there are so many different things that need to be separately recycled. I guess if I start doing it, I'll get to know what goes where.

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    Oh, how I wish we had a community that offered recycling on more than a few items. In fact, the big city in our state just stopped recycling paper! We have to travel 30 miles to get to a recycling center. Glass, certain metals, and certain plastics. We burn or repurpose our paper and cardboard. It's not unusal to see illegal dumping here in the countryside.
    154 days ago
    Our city makes it very easy to recycle, thankfully! We are faithful about that for sure.
    154 days ago
    We are fortunate in that everything, including styrofoam, is recycled here. Presently municipalities are crafting legislation to ban single use plastic bags, in Prince Edward Island that has already happened. Sadly we still have a legion of folks who litter, most roadsides are a disgrace.
    155 days ago
    JEANKNEE - yes, exactly like 'Earth Bench' - same use of plastic bottles stuffed with things, then used to make/build things.
    155 days ago
  • GORDON66
    Anytime your community can make it easy to recycle is a real plus for you and the environment. emoticon


    155 days ago
    "The downside is that there are so many different things that need to be separately recycled. I guess if I start doing it, I'll get to know what goes where. "
    * Yeah, Having done recycling for the majority of my life, I will occasionally run into an "Uh oh, been putting that one in the wrong bin" situation. Give it your best and know that you're doing a good thing. emoticon
    155 days ago
    The 'eco-bricks' project reminds me of an Earthbench project some students were involved with a couple of years ago. Is it the same thing?

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