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Old 12-30-2023, 01:13 AM
Location: Tricity, PL
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Originally Posted by sprklcl View Post
Many stores of much size you visit have recycling bins for printer ink, small electronics, plastic bags, larger batteries, etc. Curious if the stores themselves who have agreements with the recycling companies whom they have contracted to pick up from these bins regularly, whether it is a money maker for the stores or a cost for them. One close by mega store, whose political beliefs I much disagree with that is a topic for another forum which I seldom buy anything from, has convenient recycling bins near the entrances which I most often recycle printer ink cartridges. If it costs them, that is very good so they have less in profits. I don't see how is a big money maker for any store, but appreciate any insights from anyone who knows.

If they want to do it - l am all for it. Surely they explored all pros and cons before making any decisions.
They might do it just for environmental reasons, not political.

Living most of a year overseas I am used to see all sorts of recycling programs. It's not all about money making, but good for the planet.
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Old 03-01-2024, 03:02 AM
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Unfortunately, re-cycling is wishful thinking. Except for iron/steel & aluminum, most items can,t be recycled profitably or energy efficiently. Even recycling copper wire is inefficient because stripping the insulation is so labor & energy intensive. Electronic devices, with their thousands of little parts, can,t be efficiently disassembled for reuse or recycling.

Items made from recycled material are lower quality and even more toxic than those made from virgin material, so there is limited market for them.

As noted here earlier, putting something in the recycling bin makes you feel good, but does little for the environment. Seinfeld,s sililoquy in the Baboo episode comes mind.
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