When you’re the designated recycler at home (because “recycling nazi” really isn’t very friendly), you’re also the person expected to know “Can I recycle this?” Weird plastic knick knacks? Colored glass? Paper with sparkly stuff on it? In many cases, I can offer a definite “yes” or “no”; in others, my answer is “I don’t know – toss it in the recycling bin, and the let the pros figure it out.”
Often, that’s fine, but with single-stream recycling now the norm in most places, you always take the risk of contaminating materials… meaning that those pros at the end of the line will end up tossing some of your materials in the trash rather than sending them on for recycling. As that kind of undermines the whole point of this practice, learning more about the materials you can put in that blue bin – and how they interact with other materials – helps ensure that you are, in fact, recycling your wastes… and not just throwing them away by proxy.
We’ve partnered with Waste Management and old buddy Derek Markham of Ecopreneurist to help you do just that: next Friday (November 21) from 2-3pm EST, we’ll be holding a Twitter chat titled “Recycle Often. Recycle Right.” The focus: helping you do just that by answering your questions about recycling. From “Can I put this in the recycling bin?” to what happens after materials are picked up to the reasons you can’t recycle certain materials, we’re open to whatever questions you have about recycling your waste more effectively.
Got a question you want answered? Simply plug it into the comments below. Next Wednesday, WM and I will pick the questions we’ll focus on during the chat. The folks who ask those questions we choose will get eco-friendly prizes for their sharp thinking!
New to the Twitter chat concept? It’s easy – just follow the hashtag #RORRchat, and include it in any Tweets you send out to the group.