I love Brown Cow Yogurt, but I live in a place where they don’t recycle number 5 plastics. Each time I have a small yogurt for breakfast that yogurt cup will hang around the planet for a thousand years? I used to live in San Francisco where they recycle number 5 plastics. I discovered after living here for four years that none of the yogurt cups I was washing and faithful placing in the blue bin where not being recycled.
What can be done? I could take the empty yogurt cups to San Francisco to make sure they are recycled, or I could start paying more money for yogurt in glass jars. The yogurt in the glass jar was better tasting then Brown Cow, but it costed twice as much money and this could be a concern.
I don’t know what to do with number 5 plastics, but I found a company called Give Me Five which claims they will recycle number five plastic if you mail it to them at your expense. I don’t think very many people would do that. The best solution would be for everywhere to start recycling number five plastics and also plastic forks, spoons, and knives.
Plastic bags are hardly ever recycled. I used to take plastic bags to drop off places, but I was not sure they were ever picking them up or recycling them. The plastic bags have to be clean and if the bags are clean most people would reuse them. The dirty bags have to be thrown out or washed and then dried on a clothesline. This is very unlikely to happen.
Some store used to have compostable bags, but they costed more money so they stopped carrying them. I had some compostable bags, but they ripped and were not very useful. Its best to bring a cloth type bag for buying produce. A bag made of netting (such a bag which is used for delicate hand washable items) works well as a produce bag and can be washed in the washing machine.
Updated: August 19, 2019 After seeing the report on 60 Minutes yesterday about the plastic age. I am even more discouraged. I see myself carefully saving up things like plastic bags and taking them to recycling centers only to find they can’t or won’t be recycled in America. These plastic are shipped to foreign countries who won’t recycle them. The giant ocean plastic cleaner failed to work, but it could work, but the problem is more and more plastic bags keep going into the ocean. There was woman who said we need catchment screen at the places in which rivers flow to the oceans, but that would stop fish and kill them. Who would be in charge of checking and changing the screens? The plastic situation is all so hopeless out of control that I have no idea what we should do or could do if anything. The giant plastic ocean cleaning machine is also made out of plastic tubes.