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Re: [GreenYes] recycled plastic bycicles
In a message dated 10/26/2001 12:08:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time, gottlich@infi.net writes:
We should start using the term "reuse" in place of the misnomer "recycle," because the bicycle fender, just as the rest of it, is not recycled


Maybe I missed the point here.  We were talking about lifecycle costs. The bicycle fender made of metal can after use, reuse, repair, can be taken to a smelter and made into a fender or whatever.  Where do you take a plastic fender to be repaired, and eventually reground and recycled into a plastic product again?  

I know it is possible, but the petrochemical industry has not taken responsibility for their products and there is very little infrastructure to recycle plastic.   

Thus as opposed to metal, plastic is ultimately burned or buried and the capital and labor that was used to make it is wasted while its transformation / decomposition byproduct is a pollutant to the planet.


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