Plastic recycling confusion

Written by David Leonhardt

CONSUMER ALERT: do not mix your food container lids. A yogurt container lid is NOTrepparttar same as a margarine container lid, even if they lookrepparttar 110124 same. How do I know this? Well, here is my story.

We live in a very hoity-toity county. Sure, it might look like just farm country. A lot ofrepparttar 110125 houses might seem a little worse for wear. But we are very picky about what plastic we recycle. We recycle only those numbered 1 and 2.

In case you did not know, your plastics are numbered. Onrepparttar 110126 bottom of most containers, there is a number, usually from 1 to 5. I suppose 1 isrepparttar 110127 best, since anything with a number of 3 or more just is not high-class enough for us to recycle.

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. My overactive curiosity gotrepparttar 110128 better of me and I emptiedrepparttar 110129 fridge to try to figure out this plastic numbering thing. What else does one do inrepparttar 110130 middle ofrepparttar 110131 night when his newborn doesn't want to sleep?

My wife came down torepparttar 110132 kitchen. "What on earth are you doing?"

"Just snacking," I replied.

She scannedrepparttar 110133 table, covered with yogurt, hand cream, cream cheese, plum sauce, juice, shampoo, and an empty ice cream bucket. "OK, I'm not actually eating any of these," I admitted. "I'm looking for numbers onrepparttar 110134 bottom to see which of these containers is high-class enough for us to recycle."

"You are NOT recycling our brand new tub of margarine," my wife declared. "And that juice jug is supposed to last us a few more years."

"Of course," I said in my most believable comforting tone. "It's just a curiosity thing”.

"Oh, one of those," my wife sighed.

"You see, bothrepparttar 110135 yogurt and margarine containers are made of PP."

"PP?" my wife asked.

"Yes, PP. Plastic number 5, also called Polypropylene."


Written by Michelle Earl


Tendrills of smoke circle my head The smell of it fills me with dread. Especially when I don't smoke It's only when other people take a toke.

It burns It makes my stomach churn My eyes hurt And I'm very curt.

I'm curt because I want my health A killer that can attack in utter stealth I want to keep my lungs inside of me Healthy

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