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Plastic collected, now what...?
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Rosilyn
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July 24, 2018 - 12:29 pm

I’ve been collecting plastic for over a year now, since reading “Plastic Free”. My closet is getting pretty full… Should I keep going till my entire house is full, then move to a new location and start collecting there, or, what can I possibly do with it? I’d prefer not to just send it to a landfill, or the ocean.

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Beth Terry
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July 25, 2018 - 4:49 pm

I guess the question is what you are saving it for.  Are you saving it to do something with it?  If not, you will have to donate, reuse, or recycle what you can and landfill what you can’t.  The point of collecting it is to learn about your own plastic consumption with the goal of reducing the amount you acquire as you replace plastic items with plastic-free alternatives.  I know you don’t want it to go to the landfill, but if it’s not something that can be reused or recycled, that’s unfortunately where it will have to end up.  

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Rosilyn
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September 4, 2018 - 11:22 am

Beth Terry said
I guess the question is what you are saving it for.  Are you saving it to do something with it?  If not, you will have to donate, reuse, or recycle what you can and landfill what you can’t.  The point of collecting it is to learn about your own plastic consumption with the goal of reducing the amount you acquire as you replace plastic items with plastic-free alternatives.  I know you don’t want it to go to the landfill, but if it’s not something that can be reused or recycled, that’s unfortunately where it will have to end up.    

I ended up making a huge “sea” of various plastic items, by dumping all I’d saved right on the living room floor. Overwhelming. A lot of it wasn’t even mine, we like to host dinner parties, potlucks, BBQ’s, etc…I sorted out a few things, gave some to my mom, who has curbside recycling pickup, and took the rest out to a dump about a half hour away. I’ll probably do things a bit differently next time…I’ve purchased chips with “terracycle” printed on the bag. I’ve saved about 12 bags or so. Are you familiar with them? Thoughts?… Anyway, I’m trying to transition to only bulk/local/re-usable/sustainable food, etc, but it’s tough. I’d also really like to do more in my community. It all feels quite futile right now.

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Beth Terry
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September 20, 2018 - 6:36 pm

You can only do as much as you can.  It sounds like you really are on the right track.  Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed!

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