Today while volunteering after work we went to the local recycling plant. It was pretty amazing actually. A bit stinky, but very interesting! Our local plant collects recycling from all over the district. They collect A LOT! I remember when I lived in Niagara area we weren't allowed to recycle certain things (yogurt containers, etc) but here we can recycle just about everything! From plastic bags, to glass, to yogurt cups, to milk containers, to styrofoam, the list is quite extensive!
We saw the workers separate the materials by hand, and we saw equipment that separated it by machine. We saw a TON of plastic come down this shoot and onto these conveyer belts into this machine that crushed it into a huge cube and wrapped it up to be shipped out.
Also in the plant we saw all the other crushed cubes that were made from plastic bags, aluminium, regular plastic, etc. Did you know that they sell the aluminium for $1700 per tonne! Talk about one man's trash being another man's treasure!
Plastic bags are worth the least amount. I also learned that they sell the plastic bag cubes to China. They apparently use the plastic and combine it with sawdust to make furniture. Interesting!
I recycle a lot and compost just about everything that can be composted. I still know I can do better. I think I'm going to try harder at doing this (I often forget things like bread bags, plastic from cheese bricks, saran wrap, etc). I highly recommend going to your local recycling plant if you get the chance. They are all different and each one accepts different things. It's very cool to see how it all works! We keep a lot out of the landfill!
They also compost however that is taken to a different plant. We learned a bit about that and it's all very interesting and very timely for Earth Day which is Thursday. It definitely makes a difference!
Do you recycle or compost?