Daily Camera (Boulder)

Re­cy­cling is still an op­tion

- Ecology · Consumer Goods · Recycling · Bags · Accessories · Fashion · Fashion & Beauty · Louisville · U.S. Environmental Protection Agency · Environmental Protection

Re­cent let­ter writer Me­lanie Bliss en­cour­ages read­ers to vote “yes” on Bal­lot

Is­sue 2A, tack­ing on a 25cent plas­tic bag fee in Louisville. Whether or not the mea­sure passes, keep in mind one im­por­tant fact: Plas­tic can be re­cy­cled.

A re­cent en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port finds that 87 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have ac­cess to mu­nic­i­pal re­cy­cling that ac­cepts PET and HDPE, two com­mon types of plas­tic that take the form of bot­tles, de­ter­gent con­tain­ers, and some bags. Many gro­cery stores have even set up ways to re­turn bags to en­sure they are reused or re­cy­cled. Re­cy­cled plas­tic has a va­ri­ety of uses as car­pet­ing, cloth­ing, and even play­ground equip­ment. Yet, the plas­tic re­cy­cling rate is low, ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

In the long run, we’ll have the most suc­cess fight­ing waste by in­creas­ing our re­cy­cling rates.

JIM BOW­ERS

Ar­ling­ton, VA

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