|I am saving potentially recyclable items in a marshaling area for the future when they may be picked up curbside, just as I save glass between my visits to the glass recycling bins around town|
As a result of changes in the recycling industry, some of which are themselves a result of China having changed (wisely, I believe) their policy on being a holding tank for the plastic detritus from the West, many of the old rules for recycling are giving way to new rules.
One of the posts I had the most fun writing last year--about the safe way to recycle plastic lids--is now outdated.
Different districts in the US are adopting radically revised--and radically varying-- recycling protocols. Stay tuned for news about recycling rules in your region. Don't just throw any old thing into the recycling bin and hope for the best. The realities of efficiency constraints are such that one "wrong" item might cause the contents of the entire bin to be rejected at the recycling center.
In my area, the only plastics that can be picked up curbside now are "1" and "2" plastics (such as disposable water bottles, milk and juice jugs.) The winds of change continue to blow, and in the near future, many more kinds of plastic will be collected by the recycling trucks, including styrofoam cups (WOW! yeah, Sonic milkshake lovers, you can indulge occasionally, but save the cup to recycle when you get a chance. And try not to use a straw -- they're very hard to recycle.)