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RE: [greenyes] Recyclables List

good time to think about human waste (and food waste) recycled via
sewers and wastewater treatment systems into biosolids... interesting
metaphor for extended producer responsibility -- farmers taking back
biosolids as fertilizer...

for really gross, but educational, explanation of how it all happens,
see "Sewage in Your Face" at



From: Amy Bauman [mailto:abauman@no.address]
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 12:32 PM
To: 'Amy Hemmert'; greenyes@no.address
Subject: RE: [greenyes] Recyclables List

Not to split hairs, but the recyclability of most things is generally
driven by local markets. I doubt a 6th grader would really discern
this, but if the only recycling market for something is located in
Indonesia, is it really recyclable?

A Kirkegaardian ponderable.

Another interesting question for your friend's class is: are there
things that *shouldn't* be recycled, even if there is a market? Toxics,
contaminated items, etc. It's a nice way to teach kids about barriers
which should be there vs. perceptions that are there for no reason.
Also a nice way to distinguish between reuse and recycling.

Good luck

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Hemmert [mailto:amy@no.address]
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 11:22 AM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] Recyclables List

I just received the following email from a 6th grade teacher
visiting our site. She's looking for a complete list of what materials
are recyclable, regardless of what's recycled in a particular area of
the country. Anyone know where she can find this information?

I am gathering a number of samples of different items and plan
to ask my class to research which are/and which are not recyclable.
-- the lining bag of most cereal boxes, which seem to made of
wax paper.
-- styrofoam
-- tin foil
Would you know of a reliable place /site where I could get a
listing of those materials/items which CAN be recycled -- even if the
facilities for it are not currently available?
Thank you.

Amy Hemmert
Obentec, Inc.


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