only to find out that 2 of the 100 items I brought were recyclable. Non-rechargable batteries and normal light bulbs, I was adviced, go in the regular trash. Huh? It made me rather irritated.
I figure the fuel I spent going up there was not worth it. Low wattage light bulbs contain mercury and can contaminate groundwater. My husband wanted me to throw them in the normal trash which I could not do.
I am starting to think recycling is a scam. Why can't non-rechargable batteries and light bulbs be recycled?
Asked by Anonymous at 11:48 PM on Dec. 15, 2008 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:53 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by Gigi1969 at 11:54 PM on Dec. 15, 2008
Answer by justanotherjen at 12:13 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
It depends on what your city or town contacts to recycle. If they do not have a contract with a recycler to take the things you mention then you put them in the regular trash or find some provate firm to take them. 12 years ago my city did not recycle plastics or paper so all that went into the regular trash. Now they recycle just about anything. Call your city / town hall. They may be able to assist.
Answer by Madge1428 at 8:50 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Yet they employ at least two people per truck and they also need a different truck for recycling, plus fuel, maintenance, repair, insurance, etc. for the truck. They they will only take certain plastics (for me it's 1's & 2's I believe) and paper / cardboard. I put a cardboard box with plastics and paper in it at the curb and the trash guy picked it up (not the recycling guy). The amount of money they make from recycling doesn't even cover the cost of running the recycling trucks. If they would take more, it might be worth it. The new light bulbs are a huge scam. Did you know that you aren't supposed to vacuum a broken bulb because it can make the mercury airborne? you are supposed to leave the room for 15 minutes and then try to 'sweep' up the broken bulb with sheets of paper. Amazing.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:43 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:31 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:40 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
Answer by Tetona at 1:40 PM on Dec. 16, 2008