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Ask Umbra: How can I be sure my recycling gets … recycled?

Ask Umbra: How can I be sure my recycling gets … recycled?

Q. How do I know whether the items I place in my recycling bin are actually recycled (short of attaching a spy camera to a glass bottle or following the collection truck like an investigative journalist)? I try to reduce my consumption so that this question burns less intensely, but I have yet to reach a packaging-free state of being. When it takes so much water to clean the plastic and glass, I wonder if the effort and water are worth it. Lori H. Urbana, Ill. A. Dearest Lori, Spy camera? Glass bottle? Before I say anything else, I must say this: Please make this movie. I heart innovative documentaries about our municipal waste systems. But as cool as this project would be, it’s unnecessary for your peace of mind. I can understand how modern single-stream (or commingled) recycling programs — in which all items go into the bin together — might seem dubious. I just toss all ...

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