V.20 No.9 |
The Daily Word: Roundhouse, APD $$$, plastics release estrogen?
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 3 2011 9:09 AM ]
Libyan rebels won the oil port yesterday, but Qaddafi launched an airstrike this morning. Civil war could be around the corner.
Prime minister appointed by Mubarak quits; protesters plan Friday demonstrations about unmet demands.
Rio Rancho father of a fallen soldier reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that allows people to picket funerals. A Kansas-based church protested outside his son's funeral years ago.
APS superintendent and governor spar over budget.
Serious procedural throwdown in the House over driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants late last night.
A bill to limit state film $$$ made it out of the House.
Some APD officers make more than the mayor by doubling their salaries with overtime.
Someone called a Gallup jail pretending to represent the sheriff and got an accused murderer out of jail.
Lasers can be tractor beams.
Idaho: The caviar state.
EPA studies edited by the oil and gas industry through political pressure.
Most plastics release chemicals that are like estrogen, according to a study.
Nano spy-cam hummingbird.
V.19 No.15 | 4/15/2010
Secret Knowledge: Recycling #5 Plastics in ABQ
By Laura Marrich [ Thu Apr 15 2010 11:08 AM ]
The city of Albuquerque’s recycling program can only process #1 and #2 plastics, which covers screw-top plastic bottles and jugs. That’s it for plastic. “But,” we all think to ourselves, “if it has that ‘chasing-arrow’ logo on the bottom, then they’re recyclable.” And we’re wrong.
In an enlightening Straight Dope column from January on compostable plastics (In a nutshell: “Breaking it down requires a special industrial facility that exposes the plastic to 140-degree-Fahrenheit heat for at least ten days— something you're not going to get by tossing it on your backyard pile of grass clippings.”), Cecil Adams breaks it down for us yet again:
The triangular chasing-arrows symbol with a number inside doesn't mean the product bearing it can be recycled. As I've explained before, it merely indicates what type of plastic the thing’s made from. Type 7 is miscellaneous, which can't be recycled because the materials in the mix may have different melting points and such. Plastic types 3 through 6 can theoretically be recycled but seldom are because the financial return is minimal.
A ton of food-grade plastics, like yogurt cups, are made from #5 plastic. Rather than add yours to the landfill or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you can take your cleaned-out containers to four Whole Foods locations in New Mexico. From there, Whole Foods ships its #5 collections to Preserve, where the plastics are reincarnated as toothbrushes and razors. (Then sold back to you through Whole Foods and other retailers. ... Ship back your spent toothbrush to Preserve, and they become a park bench.) While you’re at it, they’ll take your spent Brita water filters, too.
Whole Foods “Gimme 5” recycling drop-offs:
• Albuquerque, 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE
• Albuquerque, 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE
• Santa Fe, 753 Cerrillos Rd
• Santa Fe, 1090 S. Saint Francis Dr.
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