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Minneapolis is expanding recycling program!

14 March 2012

More good news for Minneapolis residents!  Does anyone else get frustrated every time they have to throw their yogurt container in the trash every morning? Good news!  Now you don’t have to – the City of Minneapolis just expanded the types of items accepted for recycling! This includes all plastics #1-7 (should have a number on the bottom of the container that looks like picture below), all boxed cartons (juice, milk, broth ect.) and frozen food boxes. Here is a preview of the mailer that will arrive at your home sometime next week.

I don’t know about you but I am thrilled to recycle all these new items. This is a great opportunity to try and recycle like crazy! Since all numbers of plastic are accepted, try to buy only recyclable plastic products. Look to make sure the item has a little recycle symbol and number on it, and seek out cardboard and boxed containers. Hey, maybe you will end up being able to recycle all of the products you buy at the grocery store, how wonderful.

The Minneapolis solid waste and recycling page will answer all of your logistical recycling questions. Happy recycling!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. naca permalink
    14 March 2012 1:07 pm

    “Since all numbers of plastic are accepted, try to buy only recyclable plastic products. Look to make sure the item has a little recycle symbol and number on it, and seek out cardboard and boxed containers.” Great advice. Sadly, Trader Joe’s doesnt use much recyclable plastic.

  2. 14 March 2012 4:17 pm

    The Mpls website doesn’t list when this new recycling program starts. Do you have a date?

  3. 14 March 2012 8:10 pm

    Re Plastic Recycling – Don’t mean to be a spoilsport, Neely, but I’m sort of wondering what the eventual destination of the polystyrene (6) will be. Where will it go and how will it be processed? What are the plastic markets like lately.? We should all ask Solid Waste & Recycling. Or, you can come to the Seward Environment Committee meeting and ask the SW&R Director, 3/21, 6:55, Matthews Center, 24th St. & 29th Ave. Of course, bringing one’s own containers is always preferable. Considering the health impacts I tend to prefer buying or bringing glass.

  4. Paul permalink
    15 March 2012 12:43 pm

    Certainly an good step forward trash-wise, but….. plastic food containers can’t be recycled into new food containers, only into things like park benches and the like. Park benches are good things, but to get more food containers, including water bottles, they have to go right back to the oil well for more. So the best thing is to buy as few things in plastic as possible, and pressure the food producers to return to non-plastic containers. It’s getting harder and harder to find peanut butter, syrup, mayonnaise, etc., in glass, except for some high-priced brands.

    Glass bottles and jars and metal cans can become more of the same, indefinitely. Plastic degrades with each cycle and takes a lot more energy to break down the long chain molecules just to do that.

  5. Ken K permalink
    2 November 2012 2:23 am

    I think this is great! It’s nice that Minneapolis is expanding their capabilities. Europe has had these other plastics recyclable for years. And Paul, this is why we are developing new biodegradable bioplastics like PLA, PHB, and even polymers formed from proteins! The research in this area is intense to say the least. But until these polymers can be made at a cheaper cost, it’s great to see Minneapolis recycle these petroleum based polymers in some way. I’m very interested to see what company is finally doing this… I should work for them!

  6. 17 December 2012 4:36 am

    C K Polymers finds this article, and the points of view in this article very interesting., great post

  7. 16 January 2013 10:59 am

    At C K Polymers we love recycling and believe its great for the environment. Great points of view presented by all., great post

  8. Zac Stafford/ permalink
    21 February 2013 6:07 pm

    I just left some #6 out this morning and it was still here when I came home.

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