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    hey guys...so where i live we recycle soda cans/glass bottles and newspaper and whatnot, but do you guys know if/where you can recycle things like plastic milk cartons, empty pam-spray bottles, those tiny yoplait containers, cardboard costco boxes, shampoo and lotion containers, restaurant take-out containers etc...?

    i am going to post this on other boards too..i am trying to go very green here in los angeles

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    We are able to recycle most plastic products here like milk jugs, shampoo bottles, there are labels, a triangle with a number inside.
    I watched how a recycling plant works on a TV show and they don't really seperate different plastics according to the specific number, what I saw was that humans roughly sort them out (e.g. plastic vs non-plastic), machines shred them, wash them, melt them and re-mold them into something else. Sooo...I still put things like plastic mini yogurt cups into the recycling bins even though they don't have the recyclable symbol.
    We also have a dumpster for recycling cardboard.
    There are certain things you can't recycle here though, e.g. paper milk cartons (this is odd to me cuz we can recycle these in Japan), pizza boxes, waxed boxes etc. Your local municipality should have a recycling guide telling you where and when to throw them out.

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    In my city anything that can be recycled (newspapers, cartons, glass, etcwith the triangle symbol on the package) is put into a large wheelie dustbin provided by the local council and collected every fortnight by the garbos. Lord knows how they sort and separate it because it all goes into the same bin but it's a good system and most people actively participate.
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    The recycling opportunities here in the countryside are really screwed up. I try to live as green as possible but there is no curbside recycling, I have to drive a ways to recycle and the only things you can recycle here are newspapers, cans and glass. Don't have to recycle my cardboard because I have a wood burning stove and fire place, I save the cardboard in a big container in the garage to use to start the fires in the winter. Not as good as recycling I know but it makes starting a fire much easier.

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    i can recycle anything here - cans, glass, paper, plastic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    In my city anything that can be recycled (newspapers, cartons, glass, etcwith the triangle symbol on the package) is put into a large wheelie dustbin provided by the local council and collected every fortnight by the garbos. Lord knows how they sort and separate it because it all goes into the same bin but it's a good system and most people actively participate.
    Very same way here! Our recycle bin is a cheery blue, but is collected every week. Ours is strongly suggested rather than mandetory, but everyone participates. We can also put in plastic stuff-like liquid soap containers. Seems like a small thing anyone could do!
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    It's a pretty good system. Our recycle bin is bright blue too!! On the alternate weeks between recycle bin collection we get to put out our 'organic' bin which contains grass cuttings, garden clippings, leaves, etc which goes onto the local community compost heap which everyone can go and help themselves to.
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    They recently added a whole bunch of stuff to the recycling regimen here - we can now put in boxboard (like cereal and Kleenex box material), waxed milk and juice containers, tetra packs, and a bunch of other niftys, as well as all the standards. It was a pretty recent enactment in Toronto - maybe you could look into whether your city has any similar plans? Maybe something's in the works.

    Otherwise, maybe a big recycling depot, rather then the curbside pick-up, would take those other items. They certainly can be recycled, but I know every plant/city operates differently.
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    In the UK we used to take our glass/bottles to the local supermarket carpark where they had big recycling containers for Clear, Green, Brown glass. I used to go at the dead of night so people couldn't see how many bottles I was putting in there. Scary.
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    i reallly appreciate all the responses...i am going to have to make some calls because apparently it is not set up here in los angeles the way it is where you guys are...we have the blue-box for newspapers on the curb and i drive the glass bottles and soda cans to an earth-safe center about two miles away but they specifically do not accept the yoplait tins, plastic milk cartons, shampoo bottles, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Very same way here! Our recycle bin is a cheery blue, but is collected every week. Ours is strongly suggested rather than mandetory, but everyone participates. We can also put in plastic stuff-like liquid soap containers. Seems like a small thing anyone could do!
    We also have the big blue trash can for recyclables. I never realized how much recyclable stuff I was previously throwing away until now; my first impulse is to throw everything in the trash, and then I stop and think, "Wait, this should go in the blue can." The only downside is if I'm in the kitchen, instead of just being able to throw stuff in the kitchen trash, I have to set it aside and then take it our to the blue can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    We also have the big blue trash can for recyclables. I never realized how much recyclable stuff I was previously throwing away until now; my first impulse is to throw everything in the trash, and then I stop and think, "Wait, this should go in the blue can." The only downside is if I'm in the kitchen, instead of just being able to throw stuff in the kitchen trash, I have to set it aside and then take it our to the blue can.
    I'm like that too and I reuse many things, i.e. putting grass clippings, veggie and fruit peels with stale bread and other things in my compost heap or save my yogurt containers to use to start seedlings for the garden. I reuse as much as I can and recycle whatever can be recycled.

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    ^^gator you have a compost heap? that's really cool..do you bury it each week in your backyard or garden..?
    i must start one of those, seems very helpful to the environment...

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    It's in a big bin I strapped together from old wooden pallets I begged from a store. Once a week or so I give it a good stir and occasionally open it up and shovel the stuff on the bottom into the garden. Composting is pretty easy and you can put a lot of your table scraps into it too.

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