May. 15th, 2009

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http://www.dallascityhall.com/sanitation/pdf/SuperRecycling2009.pdf

I know, most of you aren't exactly local, or you live closer to Oklahoma than you do to me. =P Anyway, there are four locations in Dallas proper. Time to unload old electronics, dead batteries, styrofoam, and miscellaneous crap, because Salvation Army and Goodwill will be there for toys and clothing.

Couple of notes on what doesn't go in your blue bin and why: Dallas has automated sorting. And it is not financially advantageous for the city at this time to install a vacuum thingy to sort out grocery bags. Stretchy plastic gets caught in the rollers and grinds the entire process to a halt. Coded plastics 1-7 can be recycled, but IF IT STRETCHES INSTEAD OF BREAKS, DO NOT PUT IT IN THE RECYCLING BIN. Most grocery stores have a bin at the entrance for you to recycle your bags. Grease is not part of the paper making process. IF THE PIZZA BOX IS FILTHY, PUT IT IN THE TRASH. You don't have to wash your cans and bottles, but common sense here. All of that crap has to be sorted before it gets processed. If you have a half-full jar of biohazard, just put it in the trash. If something has a bit of stuff stuck on the inside, that's fine. If it's going to break open and sludge all over the whole load, guess what? That whole load's going to the landfill instead of being recycled. Yes, it's easy to put batteries in the trash and they're so little, blah blah blah. But they're so little that it's not that hard to set them aside and take them to quarterly roundups or otherwise dispose of them. I was going through so many 9V's with my stupid fire alarm that I have a little paper bag in my hallway just for batteries.

And I have to get ready for Bike to Work Day, so here ends my public service rant of the week.

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