> This depends on the plastic, actually. PVC is usually over 50% chlorine,
> and creates huge quantities of dioxin when heated to the 200 - 400 C
I had forgotten about PVC. Probably because the company I was taking
plastic to only accepted #1 and #2, neither of which contain
I tend to agree with Mr. Raine of the TNRCC who has been trying to help me
find a new place to recycle or to help my old recycler find a new company.
His opinion seems to be that the plastic company simply quit doing business
with the recycler for any number of possible reasons and the worker was
simply trying to give me a reason. Remember the game you played as a kid
where the first person told the 2nd something in a whisper and by the time
it got all the way to the end of the room, it was totally changed from its
original content? Something similar may be working here.
In the meantime, I have bottles that I don't want to put in a landfill and
neither do my neighbors. Let me run this one past you for opinions.
Water is a tremendous heat sink. My home is the old fashioned southern type
which was put up on block for breezes back in the days before air
conditioning was the norm. (I no longer air condition my home except for
one window unit in my bedroom when the nights just get too sweltering to be
real). I have read about people installing "water walls" etc. in their
homes to help heat/cool them.
Here's my idea. What do you think might occur if I was to start filling
those empties with water and storing them under my house? *I* think that
they would help to moderate the temperature of my home a bit, sort of like
being near my own private lake or ocean.
Eventually of course, I would run out of room under the house and have to
find other uses for those empty 1 and 2 liter bottles but I figure it would
keep several thousand bottles out of the landfill and I might get some
additional benefits out of it.
BTW, I live in South Texas near Houston. The chances of a long enough, hard
enough freeze to become a problem is pretty remote, but not 0%.
"No one can make you feel inferior without
your consent." Elanor Roosevelt 1884-1962
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