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Why do manufacturers still use molded plastic pkgs?
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on Feb 20, 2007
I like to recycle or reuse whenever possible. I've noticed that most syrofoam packaging (eg. raw meat packages, styrofoam takeout packages and Jamba juice cups) are labelled as #6 recyclable, so I put them in my Palo Alto recycling bin. I'm impressed that many companies have been able to make their packaging recyclable. However, a LOT of items I've bought have a thick, clear plastic covering that is not labelled with the "triangle recycle #" and so I'm assuming it's not recyclable. This is really troubling, since this happens a lot -- eg. toys, electronics, etc. I even saw CostCo selling packages of fresh apples, encased in molded clear plastic. I couldn't believe the irony of that! Why is it that bottled water companies can come up with recyclable clear molded plastic bottles, yet other companies still don't have to comply? Why is our government allowing this massive amount of unrecyclable, molded plastic to be used in product packaging? I've written to a few of the companies to complain, but haven't gotten any response.