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Sat Jul 17, 2021, 06:05 PM

Jug or tub?

Recycling blows. We have to determine if something is a bottle (like a jug) or a non-bottle (like a tub). It would be great if instead of that we put clear numeric codes on recyclable containers. Wait...uh...we have that, but I guess we don't use that for everyday recycling container decisions. Instead we go by this bottle or non-bottle designation.

Now I realize that an attempt is being made to make things simpler. But is this really simpler than going by a number from 1 to 7? Hell you could even write a Sesame Street musical about it with the Count. 1..2..put it in in the blue bin..3..4...put it in the red bin...hey!

So what say ye? Is the Clorox pH Down container are recyclable jug or a non-recyclable tub?

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 06:23 PM

1. Look for the number in the triangle on the bottom.

I believe These types of containers are no. 2. It shouldnít matter what you call it as long as your recycler takes the number on the bottom.

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Response to NQAS (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 08:14 PM

6. Well the recyclers don't provide convenient recycling code charts

That's kind of the whole point here. If we really can go by the codes, why don't we go by the codes?

You are correct, the Clorox "jug" is a 2 which is HDPE 2. I do believe it is recyclable.

There are similarly shaped reusable Rubbermaid jugs which are 5 (PP 5). These are anybody's guess.

In any event, we shouldn't be going by the damn container shape.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 08:19 PM

7. Here - northern new England ...

The recyclers only accept 1 and 2. I donít know why, but the town recycling station says there appears to be no market for those plastics.

One interesting development is that they are now excepting a fairly wide range of plastic bags on behalf of the Lions, who then sell it to Trex for recycling into decking. This includes the plastics you get at the store for produce, the plastic for bags of ice, and feed bags. So thatís a nice development.

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Response to NQAS (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 08:26 PM

8. That is a very interesting development regarding the bags

I hope to see that here in the Southeast. They are the scourge of suburban life. I believe those are typically #2 or #4. That actually shoots down my proposal for using only codes at the moment. Oh well.

I believe #1 (PET 1) has the highest recycling value.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 04:38 PM

13. plasticfilmrecycling.org

https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/

In our area, several stores, including Publix, Kroger, and Wal-Mart, have collection bins for recycling plastic bags. Use the link above to find one near you. (You have to scroll way down to see the results.)

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 06:46 PM

2. Around here we aren't supposed to put the caps in the same bin as the jugs

But I see most people leave the caps on. Really when I look in most peopleís bins they havenít put much effort at all into it and I wonder what happens at the recycle center, they arenít going to go thru the effort to sort thru the junk that lazy people have put in there.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 08:06 PM

5. My recycler has provided decent clarity about that

Lids on!

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:12 PM

3. Ha ha heh...I laughed a little bit, I thought at first this was talking about moonshine, whether

it was better in a tub or jug...to me, there's no difference, moonshine is moonshine, and it still has a kick no matter what it is bottled in.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 08:04 PM

4. I only drink moonshine from a mason jar

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Response to Shermann (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 08:42 AM

11. That's pretty good too. Moonshine tastes good no matter what it is served in. Ha ha heh...

I don't get it very much (moonshine) since it does have a kick that one remembers for quite a while. I do still make the occasional homemade wine, but haven't for a while, I do have some friends that ask me periodically if I've made any recently, and so I'm kind of thinking of making a batch of homemade wine, e.g., roughly a gallon or so, I don't like making too much at a time anymore, it takes up quite a bit of space when you let the batches sit and ferment...

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 10:00 AM

12. Many of the legal ones are just 80 proof

80 proof is 80 proof, the "kick" is all in your head. Some of the flavored versions like apple pie are even less.

Some are 90 or 100 though, those are more authentic and the ones to get.

I've had the real stuff from the woods, and it can be good too but there is more mystique than reality mixed in with it.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 12:08 AM

9. "Plastic Recycling is an Actual Scam"

Those numbers in the triangles are resin identification codes, designed to resemble the "recycling" symbol but, in fact, may or may not have anything whatsoever to do with whether your recycling folks have any use for it.

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Response to caraher (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 18, 2021, 06:44 AM

10. I don't think it is quite as bad as the video suggests

While the resin identification codes were created in 1988 by SPI, they were standardized in 2008 by ASTM International into ASTM D7611.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code

ASTM's 2013 changes the symbol to differentiate from the recycling symbol. I think the industry is being slow to adopt this as the older symbol seems to be more prevalent.

The video sort of omits the history post 2008 so there is a bit of gaslighting going on there.

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