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Posted by esmitty on February 4, 2010, 11:11 pm, in reply to "PLASTIC RECYCLING UPDATE"


Two comments I read on the other thread (dengue) might benefit from the benefit of your insight.

One was a suggestion to squish the air out of plastic bottles, then put the cap back on to keep the bottles small.

The other was a suggestion to chip/shred the bottles so they take less space.

My layman's assessment is that either of these actions would make the material unacceptable to the ultimate buyer because they would now be non-uniform for whatever process he does on them.

In Calif, the paid recycle redeemers won't take plastic bottles with the tops screwed on (because someone has to take them off before the bottles can be processed). I would imagine the a mass of chipped plastic will meet with the same lack of usability.

So, either of those suggestions might meet the goal of reducing mosquito breeding grounds, but the cost will be ruining the recyclability of the material.

I am just thinking out loud -- you're the expert, what do you think?

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