Have you ever questioned whether you can recycle something (curbside or elsewhere) or if you should put it on the trash?
For example, “Are plastic deodorant sticks, their lids, and their internal parts (assuming they’re clean) recyclable in my curbside bin?” These sorts of questions, especially about plastic items, are very common.
The answer to the above question is definitely “No!” Random plastic items — of which there are so many varieties — are often not recyclable.
An item is recyclable only if:
(1) It can be correctly sorted using present technology at the material recovery facilities (MRFs); and
(2) It has a viable end market — somewhere to send it where a company will re-manufacture the material into new products.
The MRFs, with a combination of human and mechanical sorting systems, are constrained by technology in the materials and shapes they can sort, and that creates some limitation.
Then there are the market forces, which is the definitive limitation. If there is no end-market for a particular type of material, then it simply cannot be recycled because there is no one turning it into anything.
Confusion about plastic recycling comes largely from that ubiquitous symbol — a number inside the chasing arrows triangle — which manufacturers imprint on plastic products.
Because many people believe that the number means it is recyclable — which it does not — a ton of plastic stuff that is not actually recyclable ends up in the recycling bin.
The number simply tells you the type of resin an item is made from. It does not tell you whether it is recyclable in any given program.
Here are the five rules to remember:
Yes, recycling is still worth the effort; we just have to get better at “Recycling Right!” You can do it, and your actions do make a difference!
The thing is that we have to recycle as much as we can of the recyclable materials, and let the other stuff go, so as not to let perfection become the enemy of the good!
Please do not put non-recyclable items in the recycling container, clean or otherwise, as that just gives the facilities more sorting to do and the materials inevitably and unavoidably end up in the landfill anyway.
Or worse, they slip through and end up as a “contaminate” in the recyclable plastics lowering the quality of the material in the bale. This makes it harder to market and is a major detriment to the recycling industry as a whole.
It is up to us as individuals to change our consumerist habits to stop the avalanche of plastics coming down the stream and infiltrating all elements of our environment.
The best thing you can do to help is to reduce your use of plastic at the front end. Endeavor to look for alternative products that are not packaged in plastic or made of plastic!
Kane County is gearing up for its biggest recycling event of the year — the 2019 Recycling Extravaganza — set to take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13.
There are a ton of recycling opportunities this year, and a few changes from previous years, so be sure to read the rest of this article.
The extravaganza includes recycling for batteries, books, bikes, clothes, electronics, flourescent lamps, Styrofoam and paint.
New this year is the opportunity to recycle scrap metal — aluminum, copper, brass, insulated wire, cast iron, steel and other metals.
Please see the EVENT POSTER for more details, and please read below information to make the most of your event experience!
One important reminder is that this event DOES NOT include shredding, which has been the case in previous years. That said, confidential document shredding will be available at Kane County’s Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 recycling events.
Contact Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICAGO — Recycling needs to be rebooted. That’s the opinion of experts as commodity prices crash and many residents still can’t recycle right.
WGN Investigates rode along one recycling truck’s route in Oak Lawn and followed it to the yard to see how much of the material residents put in their green carts is actually recyclable.
“Believe it or not we get a lot of diapers,” said Pete Keller of Republic Services which handles waste hauling for dozens of Chicago suburbs.
Twenty to 25% of most loads are unrecyclable, according to Republic.
“There’s actually a term for that in our industry,” Keller said. “It’s called ‘wish-cycling.’ Well-intentioned people doing more harm than good.”
The contamination problem in south suburban Posen is so bad the village president is scrapping the suburb’s recycling program effective in October.
“It’s just not working,” Frank Podbielniak said. “We don’t know any other way to educate the public to do it the right way.”
While recycling advocates say dumping a program is not the right way to go they concede the economics have changed since China decided to stop accepting much of what Americans recycle. Haulers like Republic Services are now cautioning customers that they may soon be asked to pay more to recycle.
“Without the commodity value, without a willingness to pay more, this business is not sustainable long term,” said Keller.
How much more? Watch the full story above.
Wondering what you CAN and CANNOT recycle? It varies by community and waste hauler. Here are some helpful links:
Waste Management (Maple Park’s Waste Hauler): https://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/what-can-i-recycle.jsp
by Amanda Henderson
As a new mom, dental care isn’t the first thing on your mind. You have a baby to feed, diapers to change, and if you’re lucky, a nap to take. It’s easy for a new mom’s dental health to suffer in the postpartum period, but dental hygiene isn’t only important for your own health. It also affects your child.
Every time you share utensils or use your mouth to clean a pacifier that fell on the floor, you share oral bacteria. If cavity-causing bacteria is present, that bacteria passes to your child’s mouth, increasing your child’s risk of cavities. By taking care of your own dental health during and after pregnancy, you protect your child’s health too.
Now that there’s an infant in the house, life no longer fits into neat routines. However, it’s still important to find time for dental hygiene. Take two minutes twice a day while your baby is napping to brush your teeth, and floss once a day.
Don’t avoid brushing and flossing while dealing with pregnancy gingivitis. Although your gums are tender, diligent and gentle cleaning is the best way to manage inflamed gums.
Be mindful of foods high in sugar and carbs, which stick to your teeth and promote decay. When you need a snack, reach for fruit, vegetables, yogurt, and nuts instead. When you do eat or drink something sweet, brush your teeth afterward.
Now you know to avoid sharing saliva if you have cavities, but what else can you do to care for your child’s dental health? From the time your child is a newborn, practice these good dental health habits:
Self-care keeps you physically and mentally healthy after your child is born. Without it, it’s harder to be the person and parent you want to be, and issues like postpartum depression are less manageable.
Self-care looks different when you have a new baby. Instead of days out with friends, it’s the little things like a hot shower while your baby is napping and getting outside on a nice day. These are more self-care strategies new moms swear by:
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The Wayne Police Department is alerting area residents to a seal-coating scam that travels from town to town.
According to a village of Wayne news release, the scams are commonly executed by mobile crews that rarely stay in one area.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office reported similar scams last fall.
“These individuals will hit a specific area or neighborhood and once they have worn out their efforts, they pick up and move to the next town or state,” officials said in a news release. “This group of men approach a home and smooth talk the homeowner into allowing them to reseal their asphalt driveway.
“These people are very persuasive and typically target the elderly population. Their sales pitch can include telling the homeowner that they will give them a ‘cut rate price’ just for today; or they were working in the area and saw that your driveway needs resealing. This group usually uses cut-rate products and also asks for payment before they begin in the way of cash or a check made out to cash.”
Wayne police said the scam was “detected and deterred” before any residents became a victim.
“We suggest that if anyone reaches out to you to provide this service, be suspicious,” officials said. “There are many reputable companies that you can contact. Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
Solicitors in Wayne [and Maple Park] are required to have permits. If a resident is approached by someone who is soliciting without a permit, officials ask that you contact the Wayne Police Department at 630-584-3031 or call 9-1-1.
SOURCE: village of Wayne news release, Will County Sheriff’s Office news release
*Article originally appeared in the Kane County Connects online newsletter.
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On Tuesday, the Village of Maple Park passed an ordinance that restricts how long you can have your garbage cans out at the curb. This is a normal rule that many municipalities have. The wording in the ordinance, like many ordinances, says that the village can fine you up to $750.00. This language is in many of our ordinances where enforcement may be necessary. The Village of Maple Park will NEVER start out with a fine of any amount. The first thing we will do is let you know, most likely via letter, explaining the rule. We only want compliance, this is not a revenue maker for the village. The only time a fine would be assessed is if you do not comply after the village has tried to work with you.
The meat of the ordinance reads as follows:
Containers for Collection. No person shall dispose of any garbage, refuse or ashes anywhere in the Village except as herein provided. Such material shall be placed in secured or in covered containers, as herein provided, for collection by a licensed garbage and refuse collector. All containers for garbage, yard waste and refuse shall be placed by residents at the curb line of the premises served not earlier than 3:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection, and shall be removed on or before 9:00 a.m. the day after the collection is made. No container shall be placed so as to constitute a nuisance to adjacent property or to the occupants thereof.
On May 7, 2019, the Village of Maple Park swore in three new trustees. Please welcome Jen Ward, Suzanne Fahnestock, and Chris Rebone.