A Word About Recycling - June 23, 2013
Here’s a couple of items from the Plastics Recycling eNewsletter, the E-Scrap Recycling eNewsletter, plus the amounts recycled at the Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site for last month.
According to the Plastics Recycling eNewsletter, “Plastics recycling received widespread attention this legislative session, with bills relating to plastics recycling and bills relating to container deposits together accounting for 20 percent of all recycling and waste management legislation introduced.”
For example, “A bill that would require strict labeling of degradable plastics is awaiting the signature of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. House Bill 315 specifically bans any rigid plastic container, including a beverage container, that does not have a molded label indicating the resin code and ‘chasing arrows’ symbol.”
This means, “Therefore, in order to be sold in the state, any degradable, biodegradable, or compostable plastic container must be clearly labeled with ‘Not Recyclable. Do Not Recycle.’”
As an executive director stated, “Recyclability and degradability are not compatible. North Carolina is a leader in plastic recycling and this bill protects this important contributor to the state’s economic success.”
And in our home state, “Texas lawmakers have sent Senate Bill 875 to the desk of Governor Rick Perry. The bill requires purchasers of five or more bulk plastic merchandise containers to obtain proof of ownership information from the seller, as well as maintain records of the transaction, the proof of ownership and the seller’s contact information. The bill is aimed at curbing the theft of these types of materials.”
Switching from plastics to electronics recycling, in Mississippi, a new law creates a directory of certified electronics recycling firms.
However, “Mississippi is not one of the 25 states with a statewide electronics recycling program on the books,” according E-Scrap.
We also find, “A bill in Oregon is tackling some of the data security challenges associated with electronics recycling. House Bill 2429 would require public agencies develop and implement policies for securely removing personal information from digital data storage devices and other electronic data storage devices before selling, donating, recycling or sending the assets through the end-of-life management stream.”
Seems like a good idea.
Finally, here is our monthly report of what residents recycled at the local Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site:
Metals — 1,389,117 pounds
Cardboard and paper — 181,180 pounds
Glass — 34,255 pounds
Plastic (bottles and jugs) — 15,345 pounds
Used oil — 148 gallons
Used oil filters — 400 units
Tires — 346 (vehicle)
Plus the normal amount of printer cartridges, rechargeable batteries, styrofoam peanuts and reusables.
Until next week, do have a great one
Gloria and Ollie are local residents concerned with the environment and helping others. Contact them at (512) 353-7432 or e-mail them at email@example.com