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xhile in antiplastik

Help Me Out - To Tell or Not to Tell?

It seems in my country (New Zealand) and many others, plastics numbered 3 - 7 are not being recycled. Plastics numbered 1 and 2 (PET and LDPE) are recycled to a degree. Yet people faithfully put all kinds of plastics in recycling bins unaware. See post http://community.livejournal.com/antiplastik/1183.html and others in this community for more background.

Should the public be told the truth about this? Or should they continue to wash and put these plastics in the recycling in the hope that one day someone will recycle them?

What do you think? I'd like to hear some discussion on this; should people be told the truth? If so what are likely results?

Comments

One comment from elsewhere said he thought in NZ numbers 3-7 weren't supposed to be put in recycling bins. This led me to research and find some inconsistencies

Christchurch city council says they only take 1 and 2.
http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Waste/WhatCanIDoAtHome/Recycling/Plastic.asp

However they advertise a change to what can be collected starting 2 Feb 2009, and the page indicates they will collect among other things, "yoghurt pottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, plastic bottle lids, plastic pottles, cleaning bottles". Most of these are grades 3-7 plastic. So the message is unclear. http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Waste/KerbsideCollection/Recycling/WhatCanGoIn.asp accessed 24 March 2009

Manukau City Council just says "plastic bottles and containers" with no reference to numbers. Implying that any plastic can go in there.
http://www.manukau.govt.nz/default.aspx?id=8628

Auckland City Council specifies that all numbers 1 - 7 can be recycled. (find the sections headed Plastic bottles and containers on the page http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/Council/services/rubbish/atozguide.asp )

Wellington City Council specifies only grade 1 and 2
http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/rubbrecyc/recycling/recycling.html

Hutt City Council specifies only 1 and 2
http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/Council-Services/Rubbish-and-Recycling/Recycling/Plastic/

all websites accessed 24 March 2009

I will make time at some point to investigate other councils.

Originally being from Auckland, I thought any numbered plastic was fair game. Looks like it's inconsistent across the country.