31 Aug '15, 10am

Is it OK to ship recyclables cross-country — if landfill is the alternative?

Q. I’m considering using TerraCycle’s programs both at home and at work – the kind of products they accept seems too good to be true! They take many things that aren’t accepted by my local recycling facility. The catch is that TerraCycle is located in New Jersey, all the way across the country from my home in Washington State. Is it worth the greenhouse gas emissions to ship my otherwise un-recyclable waste almost 3,000 miles? Jana F. Tacoma, WA A. Dearest Jana, What we have here is a classic Lesser of Two Evils scenario. On the one hand, we know that tossing household waste into the landfill is bad. On the other hand, we know that shipping anything across the country has its own emissions footprint because of the fuel required to do so — which is bad. So, which of these two is less bad? Like so many of its ilk, this question is tricky because it involves so many variables...

Full article: http://grist.org/living/is-it-ok-to-ship-recyclables-cros...

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