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My municipality used to be all plastic goes in the recycle bin.  Which would lead one to believe all plastics are recyclable.   Last year we received notice that only plastics marked 1 or 2 in the recycle triangle are recyclable and go in the bin.  Considering that the numbering system went 1-5 and some plastics have no recycle triangle,  I realized that most plastics are not recyclable.  That being said, I won't stop doing my part recycling plastics numbered 1 & 2.  

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In the late 80s, the plastics industry came up with a symbol to identify different types of plastic. Coincidentally, it looks exactly like the recyclable symbol created in the 1970s. They did so to encourage you to use more plastic, as prior to this people were saving plastic containers. Enter single-use plastic.

The beach I'm currently on in Mexico is filled with single-use bottles and caps.

 

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