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When San Francisco banned plastic shopping bags, I realized I was clueless about the environmental impact of plastics. I had always assumed the numbered code imprinted on plastic containers rated the difficulty of recycling them. But after consulting Answers, I discovered I didn’t know all the details.
Curly explains that numbers 1-7 refer to the types of resin in the plastic. Some resins are more easily recyclable than others, and recycling centers differ on which codes they will accept.
How do you know which codes you can recycle locally? After a little research, I learned that as of a few months ago, virtually all plastics (with the exception of plastic bags, films, and Styrofoam) can be recycled curbside in San Francisco. But every city is different. If your local curbside recycling program accepts only a few types of plastic, several Answers users suggest visiting Earth 911 to find other recycling options in your area.
As whsgreenmom points out, “Most non earth friendly choices are made out of habit and ignorance.” What are some ways to encourage people to think about the environmental impact of the choices they make?
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