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RE: [greenyes] Recyclables List

My simple answer to that is EVERYTHING. We may not have the means or
facilities to recycle a particular item yet, but if we can manufacture
it, we can demanufacture it. Her question does state... "even if the
facilities for it are not currently available."

I once challenged a middle school class to name something that couldn't
be recycled to test their knowledge, expecting to get items like cereal
boxes, computers, tires, and the like. As they kept naming items, I
realized if we could make it, we could unmake it... somehow... and
recycle or remake the elements. Just because the technology isn't there
yet, doesn't mean it can't be done.

I guess the big picture question should focus on product stewardship,
market development, and zero waste. Of the items we don't have the
means to recycle yet, why do we not have these means, can we find an
alternative that is able to be recycled?

Eileen Sousley
Cabarrus County, NC


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
-- 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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