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Summer Fun and Recycling

It could be…it might be…it is!! It’s starting to feel a lot like summer folks! And that means it’s time to take out the invention that not only gives kids something to do while they’re out of school, but serves as an ingenious way to cool down on particularly hot days.


Have you guessed it? It’s a Slip and Slide! You may be wondering what a Slip and Slide has to do with recycling, and there’s a surprising connection. It just so happens that Slip and Slides and plastic Kiddie Pools are frequent contamination items in curbside recycling during the summer months.


How could these delightful summer products be sources of contamination? The answer has to do with the size and chemical make-up of each. Small pools and long plastic Slip and Slides are made of different types of plastic than plastic bottles and containers found in single-stream recycling. And in the separation process, the goal is to separate each plastic type into its own commodity group. The size (and length) of these items also causes them to jam material processing machinery if they are not removed in time.


If you have a Slip and Slide or Kiddie Pool that you no longer want, it might be a good garage sale item (depending on the condition), thrift stores may accept them, and day cares might also have a use for them.


But until the Slip and Slide needs a new home, there’s a whole lot of fun to be had!!



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Sunday, 09 August 2020

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In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).