Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday's 3Rs -- dirty little secrets

You fully intend to recycle every bit of glass, plastic and metal you can, right? But then comes the challenge -- that icky, sticky molasses container or the Corona bottle with the lime wedged in it. What to do? What to do?

It's a bit tempting to go ahead and bury the culprit in the middle of the trash can and hope no one in the family catches you 'cheating.' I understand. I've been there.

Here's the good news. A little bit of 'dirt' never hurt anyone, and it won't hurt the recycling process either. After all, organic materials will simply incinerate in the high heat during the process ... as long as we're talking small amounts. I mean, you wouldn't want to toss an entire jar of peanut butter in the recycling bin! Why would you do that anyway? Well, maybe you just found out about your son's nut allergy. Or maybe you bought a bargain brand and figured out with one spoonful, why it's a bargain brand! If that's the case, clean as much of the peanut butter out of the jar before recycling it.

Make sense? Good.

That's all I have for you this week.

Keeping it out of the landfill,


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