When items are dumped off of the recycling truck they go through a sorting process. This process is kind of like how you dump your Halloween candy to sort the good from the bad. Let's face it...some candy is just better than others. Let's look at the "good" recyclable plastic versus the "bad" non-recyclable plastic.
Recyclable Plastic Versus Non-Recyclable Plastic
Necco Wafers Versus Snickers
Candy wrappers are like the "Necco Wafers" in the recycle sorting world. They are made from many mixed materials and become too expensive to break the materials down to recycle the good materials out. Thus, the recycling center won't accept them.
As you can see...the recycling truck goes through the same process as your plastic treat filled pumpkin. It is important to sort the materials carefully - from the truck whose load is sorted between that which is recyclable and that which isn't to the bag of candies that are your favorites to those that you give to your parents to take to the office.
Please Do Your Part
Sometimes an uneducated toss of plastic in the recycle bin can cost more than the gesture of trying to save and reuse. So, I hope this comparison of favorite candy versus the candy left in the bucket until next Halloween gets you thinking about how to better sort your plastics.
We service homes throughout the Austin and Houston areas. But, for more information on recycling in Austin, please visit the Austin Recycling website by clicking here. For information regarding Houston recycling, please visit their recycling website by clicking here. Many cities offer curbside pickup as well. Please visit your city's website for more information.
Our children have a big job ahead of them of learning how to care for our planet Earth. So, it’s our job to teach them easy lessons that they can relate to daily and apply to their future. What better way to teach them than with Halloween candy? Have a very safe and Happy Halloween and please recycle!