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June 12, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sandy Sanders, Week 1

 

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Question: I throw alot of tennis ball containers in the recycle. They have a metal edge at the top of the plastic container. I wonder if they get booted out of the stream at the facility? Do you know anything about this item in the recycle stream?

I am already aware of recycling and started this challenge several years ago to be more aware of choices to reduce plastic… it is hard at the grocery store sometimes you are limited in choices.
A couple things that are consistent that dont have much option is Milk and Creamers.
I do recycle most of my plastic. Lids of tennis ball containers are #4 which are not taken at any of our recycling centers.

Location:Peoria, Illinois, United States

Name: Sandy Sanders

Week: 1

Personal Info:

My blog: ibthechange.com is an ongoing conversation of questions and thoughts I have about Green issues and I discuss others in my area that are also on the cutting edge of the green wave, ie events, organizations, companies etc.

Sandy Sanders’s personal blog: http://www.ibthechange.com

Total items: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 Milk cartons #2
1 Creamer container #2
Spinach #1
Product packaging contains no number?
Strawberry #1
Tennis ball can #1
Tennis ball lid #4
Yogurt #5
Ice Cream $5
micowave food dish #5
Vitamin Bottles 1 & 2
All items I save to take to the recycle center, although I have alot of #5 that has to be taken to center pickup 20 plus miles away and I dont go that way very often.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Tennis ball lid #4

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I have been consciously trying to choose products that dont have plastic if there is a choice. Sometimes I fall for the item that is on sale for a bargain, but then have the plastic to deal with.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Dont really want to give up my favorites, but I guess I could write the company to let them know of my wishes for alternatives.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Tennis Balls – I use alot of tennis balls

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Awareness is the best change and pressure on companies for alternatives

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I wont buy my one convenient dinner option that comes in plastic microwave container.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Find a place that will refill milk containers…that is a staple that could be like water.
Buy your own container and take to store to refill.

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1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Sandy. Welcome and thank you for joining the challenge. I don't know about the tennis ball containers. All recycling facilities and programs are different, so the best thing would be to call your local recycler and find out what happens to those containers. My guess is that if they have mixed materials, they will not be recycled. Also, many areas only really recycle bottles and narrow-necked containers, so check to be sure you are putting the right things into the bin to begin with.