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Week 29 Results: 2.6 oz. of plastic. Making a change.
Posted By Beth Terry On January 7, 2008 @ 12:30 am In Environmental,Plastic Tally 2008-01-15,Recycling,Weekly Results 2008,World | 23 Comments
This past Friday, I attended a planning meeting for Green Sangha’s  2008 Rethinking Plastics campaign. At that meeting, one of the members showed us some video footage of what happens to the plastic recycling that we put into our curbside bins. I knew that most of our plastic was shipped to China, but until seeing this heartbreaking video, I didn’t think much more about it. Please watch this short clip from Britain’s Sky News and then see how you feel about recycling plastic:
Yes, this story focuses on Britain’s plastic waste. But in the U.S., we also ship most of our plastic to China, causing health problems and pollution in our attempts to be “green.”
Since I started this project, I have tallied all of my plastic waste, recycling those items that are accepted in Oakland, SF, or Daly City, and holding onto the rest. From now on, I’m going to hold onto ALL of it, recyclable or not. If plastic recycling is such a dirty business, we ought to be taking care of it here at home instead of shipping it off to poorer countries with lower environmental standards.
My new commitment to hold onto all my plastic is similar to that of a new blogger who is collecting and tallying his waste, Dave Chameides at 365daysoftrash.com . He has vowed not to throw ANYTHING away for a year but to tally it all and figure out what it is and what can be done with it. He says, “Any waste that I generate that can be recycled, will also be saved. Recycling is better than ‘throwing away’ but it still takes energy and creates waste so I think accounting for recycling will be an important factor.” Perhaps the video above is another reason to hold onto all of it.
So, that said, here is the tally for this week, the first of 2008:
Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
Recyclable plastic bought before the plastic project began (although as mentioned above, they will not be recycled):
New plastic waste.
I want to welcome the new readers who have found their way over to Fake Plastic Fish from the 365 Days of Trash  blog. I have a lot of exciting things to write about this week, including a trip to a landfill on Wednesday.
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URLs in this post:
 Green Sangha’s: http://greensangha.org/plastics-campaign/
 Click here to view the video on Youtube.: http://youtu.be/yq1lIGVUbog
 365daysoftrash.com: http://www.365daysoftrash.com
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