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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 facilities: if they deem the recycling to be 'contaminated', they'll send the whole load to the incinerator - whereas if you put it in the normal rubbish, it's ...


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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 reused. None of your pictures belongs to the "Pfand" system. But all three can be recycled. The glass-bottle should be the easiest: search for the nearest "Glas-...


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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 Wikipedia, polyethylene is the most common type of plastic. There are three main categories of polyethylene (also from Wikipedia): PET (polyethylene terephthalate), ...


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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 same business and another one are mentioned on this website. The similarity between glass and ceramic materials might mean there are ways to use them in a ...


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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 lifecycle. Further reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-consumer_recycling


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Generally speaking, the processing of recycled materials is done with (a certain amount of) contamination taken into account (for plastic, up to 30%). When plastic recycling was introduced here in The Netherlands, I phoned the agency promoting this with the question if I needed to remove the paper price stickers from plastic packaging. They said that was ...


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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't require new resources. One reuse option is to cut your cards into guitar picks. Several other reuse options are listed here but I'm sure there are plenty ...


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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 article they specifically address the subject of pizza boxes as one of the six: Pizza boxes are among the most common offenders when it comes to ...


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There are blister packs which appear to be made entirely from aluminium and I put these in the recycle bin in their entirety. I have also been recycling the blister packs made from plastic and aluminium. I do this by occasionally separating the aluminium from the plastic in a sort of game of 'patients' by trying to separate as much of the aluminium from the ...


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Just to expand on Werner's excellent response as well as your original linked article: Pfand eligible bottles will usually have some sort of designation on the bottle itself; often times there will be an icon like this and / or the term "Pfandflasche" on the label. Most grocery stores will have an automated kiosk like this to return them and you will receive ...


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Quoting from an answer on Quora: [the force of a garbage truck compactor] is ~16.2 MPa [...], which works out to almost 160 atmospheres of pressure. To give you some context, every 33 feet (10 meter) you travel underwater increases the pressure acting on you by 1 atmosphere. [...] You would need to go almost 1 mile below see level (5247 ft) to reach 160 ...


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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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I'm not familiar with the brands you name (they don't sell those where I live), but crisps bags are most commonly made from a combination of aluminium and one or more plastics like polypropylene and low-density polyethylene. This is also known as aluminium-plastic laminate, or metalized film Many crisps bags have a thin aluminium inside-layer to keep light, ...


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What the best recycling policy is is a political question. As you mentioned in your question there are many aspects to this and all good recycling policies will address issues such as cost, environmental impact, human health impact, end-user awareness, convenience of using the system, compliance, amount of generated waste, worker safety and more. Which ...


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There is much more at stake here that just the car fuel. Batteries contain all kinds of metals that have to be mined and processed, that are a danger when released into the environment (e.g. seeping out of landfills), and that can be re-used when the batteries are properly recycled. Just collect your spent batteries and then once of twice a year, hand them ...


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In your question you assume that it is then processed into biodiesel. This is not always the case, for example it can be converted in lubricating oil and glycerol to make soap. In the abstract of the paper Applications of Waste Cooking Oil Other Than Biodiesel: A Review many examples of applications apart from biodiesels are listed. It can be processed to ...


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Not worth it. Clay is cheap. Breaking up clay is more expensive than getting new clay. The big expense in ceramics are the energy to fire it, and the transport to move it. The ingrediants are, by comparison, free.


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I contacted Kidde through Twitter, and they ultimately responded to me via e-mail. The document they sent (available here) is dated March 2017, so more recent than the data available on their website. Here are the steps you'll need to take in order to return your Kidde ionization smoke detectors to Kidde for disposal: Confirm that your smoke detector is ...


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1. Reuse There are several websites describing ways to reuse aluminium cans, for example this page on WikiHow.com or this one on Earth911.com. Most common is to reuse them as a holder of some sorts (e.g. a pencil holder or candle holder), as earrings or as coasters. But I guess there a only so many pencil or candle holders and coasters you can use, so I ...


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https://www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/plastics-recycling/plastics-recycled-happens-recycled-plastics/ https://www.recycleandrecoverplastics.org/consumers/kids-recycling/plastics-can-become/ I have personally seen benches made out of used grocery bags. Those sites list more examples.


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Things like this have also been going on even before the issues with China: https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/metro-atlanta-recyclers-reject-glass-ship-landfills/Nd82esxPLUTvCb6963WyWJ/ If people aren't pre-sorting correctly, then even if the county theoretically does recycle a certain material, they could still be rejecting large batches. There ...


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What happens to #4 plastic in the waste stream depends on local policy where you live Waste Dive, a project of the same folks who run Utility Dive, runs a tracker dedicated to "tracking the effects of China's scrap import policies across all 50 [US] states (and the District of Columbia)". The tracker includes links to news stories about state, city, and ...


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You could combine the following two machines: The Precious Plastic Extrusion machine, an open source, do-it-yourself plastic extruder that is fed with shredded plastic. Use it to create plastic filament in the diameter you need (maybe 3 mm as usual for 3D printers), and collect the filament on a slow-turning spool. A machine to cut the filament into small ...


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Biodegradable plastics will oftentimes be labeled as such if they are for consumer use. As an example, a biodegradable plastic cups at a restaurant will often be labeled as such, mostly for marketing purposes so the restaurant can claim they are being environmentally friendly. The best bet, however, would be to try and find out the source of the plastic or ...


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Actually I think I can answer my own question. The answer is probably yes and no. It looks like most of those foam netting sleeves are EPE, i.e. expanded polyethylene. The soft plastic recycling company I mentioned, RedCycle, specifies that any kind of foam should not go into their stream (although there is no mention of EPE specifically). This might be ...


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You pay indirectly for local landfills, regardless of where other waste is made. If people paid directly for their waste, the choice between recycling and landfill would be obvious. As an aside, I was recently at a place where they labelled their bins: "recycling", "landfill", which brings the question of options into starker relief.


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There is a man in Cameroon who has been melting plastic bags and molding them into paving stones. He has been doing this for 15 years. He adds sand to the melted plastic. See the full story at: Recycling plastic waste into paving stones in Cameroon Plastic bags in Cameroon are turned into durable and sustainable floor tiles YouTube


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Recycle your worn out shoes (any type) at TerraCycle a Toronto based company. They recycle a variety of other products. To recycle shoes you need to purchase a box from small - large. A bit pricey but you could try to run a shoe recycling day at work and get your employer to pay for. Good PR and good for the environment.


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The state of Oregon (U.S.) just began a beer bottle re-use system: "Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S." Bottles are collected throughout the state by the infrastructure that already exists to collect bottles for recycling. From the article: [The] new bottle [was] developed by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the ...


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