HRM only recycles #1,#2, #4 plastics. Currently only #1 and #2 plastics are banned by Nova Scotia all together. Towns like West Hants choose to recycle #1 - #7 plastics!
In a survey of my own personal and work related garbage, even #5 plastics, such as margarine, large yogurt, mayonaise, and peanutbutter containers make up for about 30% of our garbage output. This packaging is accessible and a choice packaging option for many manufacturers and consumers alike. Imagine the waste reduction HRM could also contribute to if we were to have the ability to process and recycle even the #5 plastics.
When HRM modifies our current recycling plants to recycle #5 plastics, not only would we be doing our part for the environment, but we would also have potential for job recruitment as well. In a recent survey stating that 79% of Haligonians recycle and compost, I think consumer compliance would be remarkable. We not only have the ability to further reduce waste output, but HRM would also be recognized as being brought up to a new standard of recycling for our area.
Plastics #1 and #2 have the greatest market value for resale. Areas outside HRM choose to recycle more types of plastic, mix them together and accept a lower market value for this mix. In the end it seems to equal out since there is less money per tonne, but there are more tonnes of material to sell.
Recycling numerous plastics keeps more waste out of the landfill and returns the plastic resources to be remanufactured.
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