Plastics recycling—so many questions and myths?
There are lots of myths out there that suggest recycling is a hoax, particularly when it comes to plastics. We get questions all the time about what actually happens after you sort and separate your recyclables and then take them to the recycling bins in your neighbourhood.
Recycling does matter and this month we are busting a few plastic recycling myths for residents.
Plastics collected in Banff go to a recycling facility in BC. The facility continuously works with brand owners, retailers, and industry associations to improve packaging design for recyclability as well as develop alternatives for ongoing sustainable solutions.
Plastic recycling isn’t the answer long term. We need to start shifting to find ways to reuse plastic products over and over again, and when they are no longer reusable, we want to have a way to turn them in to something else to keep the lifecycle circulating with no end.
Once your recyclables are processed into plastics pellets, they are sold to world markets to make the following new plastics products:
- Packaging Products
- Piping Products
- Garden Products
- Various other plastic products
Always REDUCE first. But for plastics that are unavoidable, make sure to recycle them in the mixed containers recycling bin.