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Is it better to put something potentially unrecyclable in the recycling bin or to put something recyclable in the waste bin?

It may depend on your local rules, but here it's certainly better to put a recyclable thing in the bin than a non-recyclable thing in the recycling. That is, if your council doesn't have any sorting ...
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Mismatched socks? What to do with hundreds of them?

Just about anything you would normally do with rags, but these ones are already in tube and bag form: Use for washing, polishing and cleaning - just put your hand inside Use to keep stuff in - small ...
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How to properly dispose of bubble wrap envelopes?

1. Try to reuse Reuse is always better than recycling or disposal because 1) it saves energy that is used in the recycling process and 2) it saves energy and materials for manufacturing and ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

​​Yes, blister packs are recyclable (for example with machines like this one) but chances are there's no recycling company in your area that will accept and recycle it unless you are able to separate ...
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Understanding how bottle recycling works in Germany

Good question, the german recycling system can sometimes be a little overwhelming. First, don't mix up "Pfand" and "Recycling". "Pfand"-bottles will go back to the manufacturer, be cleaned and ...
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How to recycle disintegrated plastic bags, without negatively impacting the environment?

Unless the plastic bags are labelled with a recycling symbol, there is no easy way to know if the plastic is even recyclable. Good biodegradable plastic bags are made from decomposable materials, ...
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Does transporting plastic offset the benefits of recycling it?

tl;dr: No, shipping plastic waste to China for recycling does not offset the benefits, as it reduces the net energy savings by 3% or less. Polyethylene, The most common plastic According to ...
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Can I recycle greasy metal in the US?

Scrap metals are not cleaned, they are melted. For steel; Zn, Sn, Pb, and others vaporize or oxidize. The most problematic is Zn as the oxide in the slag can deteriorate the refractory. Aluminum is ...
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Is there no such thing as "pant" in the USA or outside some European countries?

A more general term for this system, with a detailed English wikipedia article, is container deposit. Such programs currently exist in 10 U.S. states (representing about 27% of the total population) ...
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How does bioplastic recyclability compare with petrochemical-based plastic recyclability?

Conventional plastics All conventional plastics marked with the 1 to 6 resin identification codes are recyclable. Some types are more easy to recycle than others, for example recycling PVC is more ...
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Would it be possible to recycle all plastic into bricks and use them for building or insulation?

It's definitely possible to recycle plastic and create LEGO-like building blocks. In fact several houses have already been built this way! In 2010 a Colombian architect called Oscar Mendez had the ...
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Are pizza cardboards stained with oil still recyclable?

There were two great related articles in The New York Times last month concerning recycling: Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not 6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong In the latter ...
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Why do we produce black plastic items if they cannot be recycled?

One reason for using black plastic for meat packaging is the hide the blood that can sometimes seep out of the meat. It gives the appearance of a cleaner presentation. I've seen meat packaged in white ...
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How can ceramics be recycled?

Recycling ceramics is possible, but it looks like it is still rare. This is an example of a business crushing bathroom porcelain into fine clay to then melt it again in a kiln and produce tiles. The ...
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Where can I recycle #81 composite materials?

According to this list on Wikipedia, #81 is paper and plastic composite. When it comes to recycling, you have two options: Go to the website of your county or city recycling agency to see if they ...
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Can plastic with only the Japanese recycling symbol be recycled in the US?

Jumping into this late but I couldn't help it because this is what I do for a living (guide major corporations on recycling). The mark you have simply means that the bag is plastic (it's not ...
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To what extent (if any) are electric vehicle batteries recyclable?

Li-Ion batteries are worth recycling just for the lithium in them. This material can be re-refined, and made into new batteries. In this use they should show similar cost savings to recycled vs new ...
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Recycling soda stream canisters in Australia?

SodaStream gas cylinders don't have anything in them except carbon dioxide. One way or the other that's going into the atmosphere — it's not getting reclaimed. Just bleed the CO₂ out of the top of ...
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Can mesh produce bags be recycled?

Some areas might have a local soft plastic recycler, like RedCycle in Australia (which lists them as "Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)"). I can see them as being reused as a carry bag, ...
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How can ceramics be recycled?

Use them to line the bottom of a pot for drainage. Line a walk way. Fill in a pot hole. Treat them like gravel.
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How can bath tissue be both "100% recycled" and "50% post-consumer recycled material"?

The other 50% is recovered process waste - material that has been processed and recycled before it was ever sold to the consumer. It’s all recycled, but originates from different phases of the product ...
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Is there an efficient way to dispose of credit cards?

Before doing anything make sure your credit cards are not usable/active anymore. You don't want anyone to misuse them! Reuse Reuse is almost always preferred over recycling because that usually doesn'...
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Can I recycle greasy metal in the US?

Oh, that's really not a problem. Recycling metal involves pre-processing. They are concerned with contaminants like paint and plating getting into the batch. What they use to remove paint and ...
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Why is so much railroad steel not recycled?

The old rails are certainly reused frequently here in the UK - they start off being used on high-speed lines. When they're too worn for that they get reused on low-speed lines, and then again on ...
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Recycling symbols on greeting card - what do these symbols mean?

To start with, the sentence "Environmentally friendly as symbols below show" sounds dodgy, especially seeing how uncommon the symbols feel. I guess they designed them to look uniform on the product, ...
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Can solar panels be recycled?

Yes, solar panels can be recycled -- in Europe this is required by law, and technology exists and is quickly being improved to facilitate this. Legal requirements In Europe, recycling of solar ...
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Is it sustainable or necessary to use potable water to wash waste before recycling?

This is not a problem if you use a basin to wash dishes. As I soap dishes it goes in an empty basin in one half the sink. I rinse the dishes in the basin one at a time and put in rack. As I do so ...
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