Recycling questions from FLL Team 434 Pithons
We are a team of elementary and middle-school students in Carlsbad, California. We're working on a project about recycling habits in the United States. Please help us by taking our brief survey and pass it along to a friend! Thanks for your help!
Recycling can be confusing. What do you know about your local recycling program?
Plastic resin identification numbers
What is your ZIP code?
Do you have curbside recycling collection?
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If "yes," what type of recycling program is it?
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If "no," how do you recycle?
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What Do You Recycle?
Some of the items below cannot be recycled curbside.These questions cover ANYTHING that you recycle, not just what you put in your recycle bins.
Broken glass?
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Used pizza boxes?
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Plastic grocery bags?
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Plastic Ziploc®-style bags?
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Sandwich bags?
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Unwanted mail or junk mail (advertisements, coupon pages, etc?)
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Fluorescent light bulbs?
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Regular (incandescent) light bulbs?
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Batteries (such as non-rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D, 9v, etc.?)
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Printer ink or toner cartridges?
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Plastic water bottles?
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Electronic waste?
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Motor oil?
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Car batteries?
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What do you currently reuse?
This question is about what you're doing to keep items out of both waste and recycling by reusing them.
Straws?
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Water bottles?
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Ziploc®-style bags?
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Grocery bags?
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Sandwich bags or containers?
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Final questions
What types of plastics can you recycle in your area?
Plastics are usually labeled with a resin identification number in a recycling triangle symbol like those at the beginning of this section.
What do you do when you aren't sure if something plastic is recyclable or if you can't find a resin identification number?
What do you do with broken glass?
Would you be less likely to recycle if you had to clean items first?
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Did you know that about 25% of single stream recycling ends up in landfills?
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Would you be more likely to recycle if you had a better understanding of what is and isn't recyclable?
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