Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ramping up Recycling:

We hope this decision (see story below) by Onondaga County to recycle #5 plastics will prod Monroe County to adopt a similar measure for our county.  Not all counties in New York State recycle all plastics. 

When they don’t these plastics go into our landfills, which are filling up with this stuff that doesn’t break down well. 

One of the main reasons why our county and other counties who don’t recycle all plastics is that they complain that the markets for some plastics are not stable, meaning that when they fail these plastics will accumulate and have be land-filled anyways.

Other counties don’t agree and are willing to move forward on finding markets for these plastics and keeping them from contaminating our ground.

It's official: Onondaga County expands recycling to include No. 5 plastic | syracuse.com Syracuse, NY -- The board of directors of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency voted 8-0 Wednesday to approve the addition of No. 5 plastic to the list of mandatory recyclables. County residents immediately can begin putting clean yogurt cups, margarine tubs, cottage cheese containers and other polypropylene containers in their blue recycling bins.  (July 14, 2010) Syracuse NY Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - syracuse.com

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