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Old 08-12-2019, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Recycling is becoming more difficult to justify. We toured Republic Recycling last Spring and learned they are having more difficulty finding customers to take the stuff and they are discarding about half the materials they take in at the curb. Third world countries are becoming less interested in buying our recycled materials.
A big part of it is that people are so eager to recycle that they engage in what gets called "aspirational" recycling; if they're unsure, they put it in the recycling bin just in case, which inadvertently makes things more difficult. Cardboard, paper, cans/bottles, sure, but a lot of stuff gets put in the bin which is very much not recyclable. That's the main reason other countries are adverse to buying recyclables these days -- it's just too much work for too little outcome.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:41 PM
 
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So a cardboard box for a 65 inch TV should be cut up into smaller pieces?
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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No way! That’s a home for someone man, or at least a solid box roof! I have an 85” TV box and I’m thinking it could serve as the main pillar in a box fort
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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So a cardboard box for a 65 inch TV should be cut up into smaller pieces?
You can re-sell it on Craigslist or save it! I did not save the carton from my 65” TV and when I moved I had to buy new packaging. It cost me $125. Would gladly have paid for used TV box $40-50.

Or, if you want to be nice, advertise it on Nextdoor and I bet someone will come for it.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:22 PM
 
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So a cardboard box for a 65 inch TV should be cut up into smaller pieces?
If your plan is to recycle it, yes you should cut it up so it fits in the toter.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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You can re-sell it on Craigslist or save it! I did not save the carton from my 65” TV and when I moved I had to buy new packaging. It cost me $125. Would gladly have paid for used TV box $40-50.

Or, if you want to be nice, advertise it on Nextdoor and I bet someone will come for it.
This is a great idea! I’d be happy to have someone else take mine for free who is moving, you’re right that could save them money and be useful to someone at least rather than cutting it up. Good thought!!

Last move I put all of my regular Home Depot type of boxes up for free on Craigslist and the first truck that came along took every single box and that was that. It was great!
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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A big part of it is that people are so eager to recycle that they engage in what gets called "aspirational" recycling; if they're unsure, they put it in the recycling bin just in case, which inadvertently makes things more difficult. Cardboard, paper, cans/bottles, sure, but a lot of stuff gets put in the bin which is very much not recyclable. That's the main reason other countries are adverse to buying recyclables these days -- it's just too much work for too little outcome.
Might be so, I don't know the reasons. I know that other countries are also facing the same problem, e.g China not taking Australia's recycling anymore.

Speaking of Australia, there are some councils that only give you 32 gallon bins for trash and 64 gallon bins for recycling both of which are only **once every two weeks** and another 32 gallon bin for compostables every week.

Compare that to your 95 gallon x2 weekly bin collection and you gotta ask, why so much waste?
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:12 AM
 
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Might be so, I don't know the reasons. I know that other countries are also facing the same problem, e.g China not taking Australia's recycling anymore.

For many years, China and other countries were willing to take materials from the West even if they weren't perfect. They simply needed those materials for manufacturing and were willing to spend the time to sort it.

Now that many of those nations have their own burgeoning recycling programs, they can be picker and accept only clean materials. The West can no longer foist their useless trash on other nations.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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A lot of the trash now is headed for Africa.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:17 AM
 
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so I have two blue trash cans from Republic Services at the front of my house. They both have blue lids. Are they both for recycling? If I have normal trash, I can just put it out in front of my house without being in a trash can?
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