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How do you know if something is really recyclable where you live? An expert explains:

How do you know if something is really recyclable where you live? An expert explains:

The availability of recycling (both in general and for specific products) depends largely on where you live.Photo: Flickr/Rasmin One of the most common questions we receive at Earth911 is: “Is Product X recyclable?” If only this could be answered with a “yes” or “no.” It’s a question asked by consumers, members of the media, manufacturers/retailers and even recyclers on a quest to divert as much waste as possible from landfills. But the truth is – no matter what the product – there is no easy answer to this question. The reason is that the answer changes depending on what information you are looking for. So let’s figure out a better way to ask the question in order to get the best answer. Defining “recyclable” Recycling involves processing a used material back into a raw ingredient that can be used to make something new. This is not to be confused with reuse, where a produ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2010/07/12/is-it-really-recyclable/

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