Here's a question:

Discussion in 'The Environment' started by Cate8, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Cate8

    Cate8 Senior Member

    Recycling. I always hear how it is good to seperate all your different forms of recyclables, and that certain items cannot be recycled. So what I want to know is what happens if you mix them all together in one box, or put in waxed cardboard items with normal coardboard items for example?? :dupe:
     
  2. purple-moss

    purple-moss Member

    DO NOT DO THAT!...the universe will implode!


    you have been warned.
     
  3. Cate8

    Cate8 Senior Member

    uh-oh. :leaving:
     
  4. sentient

    sentient Senior Member

    The chemical processes are different and you will ruin a ton of cardboard if any waxed stuff gets through with unwaxed Also If you dont separate these things the process becomes more expensive as whole batches of recyclables can be contaminated. For example if you mix different glass like coloured and clear glass the batch becomes contaminated. If you want green glass you cant put brown glass into it and similarly with clear glass any colouring will put smoky streaks in the glass.

    http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:...+glass+contamination&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=uk
     
  5. purple-moss

    purple-moss Member

    the recyclers will filter and sort the material as it comes in to their plant, so mixing materials in here and there is not going to be a problem .....but if they catch you mixing up alot of the recyclable ....they simply will not take it from you...




    and then the universe will implode.......
     
  6. yarrow_sun

    yarrow_sun Member

    In the newspaper, there was an article about recycling in Greensboro- about 30 miles from here- they say they will separate recyclables out, and if someone puts trash in with their recycling, they'll take out what can be recycled and throw it away. I dont think most cities do that.
     

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