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disappointed but determined 
2nd-Apr-2007 07:24 pm
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Regarding recycling and simplifying my life.

I've started cleaning out storage, starting with the small unit. I've made 2 passes with the spouse's car (larger than mine) so far. One thing that I've been doing for probably 20 years is saving recyclables. About 15 years ago it became easier to recycle plastics in Ann Arbor, and I kept expecting Recycle Ann Arbor to expand the types of plastic they collect (and indeed for a while they accepted #3 plastic) so I continued to save all types of plastic. I know their decisions are market-driven, but I expected the market to improve. (Of course, I also thought hypertext was too complicated to ever be useful!) And when I filled up the box I was saving them in, I moved it out to storage and started on the next box.

Now I find myself with a few boxes full of #3, #4, or #5 plastic, or #6-non-styrofoam plastic. (Even I didn't gamble on anyone ever taking #7 "when other" category.) 7 or 8 years ago I'd gone web-hunting and found a place in Illinois that took all kinds of plastic, but when I tried to contact them to see if I could show up on their doorstep, preferably on a weekend, with a car full (not a truckload) I got no response, and I can't find them now.

So I am about to sadly (because it is a mark of defeat in some ways) start putting the contents of these "to be recycled" boxes out with the trash.

Next step is to learn about free-cycle. (If any-one reading this has a use for 6 somewhat rusty I'm-sure-steel rims, 4 with hub-caps, that came off of a 1972 Datsun 510 over 20 years ago when it was junked, you may save me from this fate.)
Comments 
3rd-Apr-2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Sounds like Ann Arbor is being a bit backward in their recycling. Here's what we can recycle in the neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario .... including a lot of different kinds of plastics.
3rd-Apr-2007 01:06 am (UTC)
*Jealousy*

Of course, we can bring motor oil (which it seemed to say you can't) and styrofoam in although those can't be left curbside. And periodically they accept toxins without a fee.

Seems your recylers accepted #3, #5, & #6 (even when not styro). Are there locations where these can be dropped off? (If it's not just curbside, I should probably start checking in the Windsor area.) But I'm still SOL on the coke yokes (#4).

I'm sure there's a point when the gas I'd be spending to go somewhere is pore polluting than the items I'm keeping out of the trash stream, but if I can find a place *close* (or, barring that, if you'd be willing to take stuff off of my hands at a place we'll both be) I'd really like that. (I take green glass and white paper off the hands of some friends who live in an area where they aren't accepted.)
3rd-Apr-2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Definitely! If we can mongol things for friends, why can't we also mongol things for the good of the biosphere?

The list I sent you to is all curbside collection. There's also a series of drop-off points for things like toxics and oil and paint-thinnners and suchlike. AND there's a location that recycles all old computer equipment! As soon as this frankensteinian thing is properly updated, I'll be taking a run over to them with all the dunsil parts.

Let's say this: whenever we're at the same con, I'll happily accept a box or two of your plastics, and they'll go out to my curb the following Thursday. Although if you can find a recycling centre in Windsor, it'll save some effort for both of us, eh? ;]
3rd-Apr-2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Surely. (Although I do wonder what the border guards will think of my trips over.)
3rd-Apr-2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Townships south of us may take some of those plastics.
For me, Ann Arbor does not take the plastic frozen dinner trays were Pittsfield Twp did. Down Whittaker Road or Rawsonville road, I seem to recall some drop off recycling for Augusta Twp or Sumpter Twp.

(I have to explain - I was assimilated from Pittsfield Twp to Ann Arbor city in 2004)

-Ryan
3rd-Apr-2007 04:28 am (UTC)
I've seen recycling at the fire station on Whittaker, but I believe the last time I looked closely they were more restrictive than even the curb-side. (I reside in Ypsi Twp.) Thanks for the tips on other possibilities.
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