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01.03.2019 (20 Days Ago)
Recycling 2019
Recycling 2019
20 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

We live in the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County. We have been avid recyclers. Things are changing.

A few weeks ago, we received a notice of new recycling guidelines. The notice announced that “The International Recycling Market Changed...Here’s how it impacts you!”

It was reported some time ago that China, which historically purchased much of our recycled waste, was changing what it would accept. For whatever reasons, standards would be different going forward.

Plastics and metals in the bin and paper and cardboard bundled and tied outside the recycling bin. Henceforth, recycling would be restricted to clean paper and cardboard, empty plastic bottles and jugs and aluminum and steel cans.

As I read, I asked myself “what about glass bottles? Plastic and styrofoam containers? Plastic bags? The thought of just throwing these things into the garbage is hard to comprehend. It would be nice to get a reassuring word — from someone/anyone — that these items would be sorted from the general garbage — but I haven’t heard anything.

This is all new. Hopefully it is not as bad as it appears. We can’t be going back.

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  •  Cayce_Crown wrote 20 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    More will be revealed.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Fred wrote 20 Days Ago (negative) 
     
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    We recycle, but notice garbage men dump all into their one container.
     
       
     
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We pay for private carting. Our Village does not have a contract with a disposal firm. Years back we realized that although we sorted and put things in different colored containers which our Village had provided, the company who picked up our garbage simply dumped everything together. I was advised it was sorted at the "other end"?? I learned of the changes in Oyster Bay and some of the villages that do collect trash about a month ago and was told that sorting would be done "at the other side". I still have no idea where or what truly happens "at the other side".
     
       
     
     
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  •  Anne_Kleinman wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    In Westchester, the paper is one week and commingled (glass, plastic, and metal) are the next week so there is less sorting and as far as I know there have been no changes - however, plastic bags have always been a recycle at the store bin not collected with the rest
     
       
     
     
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  •  Phyllis_Newbert wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    We try very hard to recycle whatever can be recycled and have argued with out of town relatives who get annoyed by my requests to not put certain items in the regular trash. Even my young grandchildren are on board with recycling. I would hate to think we are going backwards and am hoping that technology has allowed for mass sorting and positive ways to reuse recycled plastics and glass.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    60 Minutes had a great piece on this about two weeks ago. They explained that China no longer was accepting our garbage and that most was going to other places like Vietnam. The "green" recycle depots in the the US could not confirm what they do with it overseas. So even if it is sorted correctly here, it still may end up in our Oceans (think Pacific). Very sad. Plastic is the biggest concern and is found in our food chain due to the ocean dumping.
     
       
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    So far I haven't received notice of any change for Manhattan. I've never been sure of what happens to the recycling; but hope it's going to where it needs to go to be recycled and reused.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    So far I haven't received notice of any change for Manhattan. I've never been sure of what happens to the recycling; but hope it's going to where it needs to go to be recycled and reused.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Kelly_Welles wrote 20 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Thanks Ben. I ecco your upset. Actually, the 60 Minutes piece Dan mentioned made me a permanent convert to the cause. It was so graphic. And alarming. Soon plastic will out-populate the number of fish in the sea, as it proliferates and is increasingly ingested by them. We are killing off fish with every piece of plastic we don’t recycle. It’s our civic duty to support comprehensive recycling and demand accountability from ourlawmakers.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Flo_Feinberg wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It seems clear that Ben has come up with a topic of great concern to many of us, and it should be! Now that China will no longer take our dirty garbage and the oceans are letting us know that they can’t handle much either, what’s left???... Space, the final frontier!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 20 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Been having a problem with missed organics/ yard waste collection in NYC. Hope it is fixed tomorrow. Particularly disconcerting if you knew I hand a hand in the City's landmark recycling law.
     
       
     
     
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