All Plastics Are Not Created Equal in Recycling

Kris Kaar

Author: Kris Kaar
Senior Consultant

When it comes to recycling, we all want to do our part, but plastics can be confusing. It may come as a surprise that the term covers a variety of materials that use very different ingredient and manufacturing processes, which we cannot treat all the same because it may gum up the stream or even damage the machinery at our local material recovery facility (MRF). Even though we have been handling these familiar household items for years, we have much to learn about different plastics and recyclability.

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Reprinted with permission from Natural Awakenings Chicago