For this week’s blog post, I would like to focus on the topic of recycling. In my personal life journey, I was fortunate enough to have spent my elementary school years in Germany, where most of my environmental and sustainable foundation was formed. For those that are new to the sustainable movement, I encourage you to become more educated regarding sustainability and especially local recycling programs, which can be easily applied within your own community and lifestyle.
Very recently, a set of resources have been released by a group of stakeholders in the plastic recycling industry, which have been aimed to help communities recycle more plastic (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
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“Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools” have been designed to make it easier for consumers to recycle plastics and to help improve the nationwide tracking of the types and amount of plastics recycled, by providing two sets of common plastics recycling terms (outreach and commodities) for use throughout the United States and Canada” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
The ‘Terms and Tools App" is easy to use and provides plenty of information and educational resources, as indicated in the image below. “Its goals are to strengthen consumer education and increase the quantity and quality of plastics recycled” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014). I hope that you will consider this app and give it a try!
In addition, most “communities across the country use slightly different terms to refer to the same things, consumers often are unnecessarily confused about what can and cannot be recycled. To help reduce confusion, Terms & Tools contain a common set of outreach terms (a glossary or lexicon) for community recycling coordinators to use when educating residents about what plastics to recycle” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
The easy to use app, offers tips, guidance and educational resources to help you organize your community recycling programs.
According to Parry Moore, president and CEO of Moore Recycling “public opinion surveys and everyday experience demonstrate that many people are confused about which plastics are accepted for recycling in their community. The new plastics recycling terms were generated through extensive surveys and feedback from recycling professionals to get everyone speaking the same language so we can collect more of the plastics that reclaimers need” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
Due to the current global environmental pollution and the consequences of our consumer/waste culture, it is extremely important to recycle and not to be confused in the process.
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As indicated by the ACC, “the goals of the Terms & Tools are to boost diversion rates of clean material, increase the types and amounts of plastics recycled, decrease contamination and help meet the demand for recycled plastics” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
Steve Russelll, V.P. of Plastic for the ACC stated that “retailers, brand owners and packaging designers want to use more recycled plastics, and this is an important step toward increasing collection of these valuable post-use materials” (i.e. Recycling Today, 2014).
I hope that you will consider the importance of recycling, in your personal and community lifestyles, and help your community develop recycling programs. Please note that I would like to conclude this week’s blog with the following video, in hopes that you will join the sustainable movement and make recycling a priority.
"New Resources Promise to Help Communities Increase Plastics Recycling." Recycling Today. N.p., 29 Sept. 2014. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.