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what-do-you-thinkOver on the American Chemistry Council’s blog summit, I was inspired by a post from Amanda Wills, Assistant editor of Earth 911 about recycling.

She asked her readers a question about ‘going green’ and I want to ask the same question about recycling.

Please take a moment to complete the following sentence in the comments below:

“The one thing holding me back from recycling more is…”

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Lack of facilities for certain types of plastic.

  2. Mr Green says:

    Having more local facilities for depositing/collection of my recyling materials.

  3. John Costigane says:

    the lack of a standard, countrywide and all-inclusive recycling system.

  4. Grandma Green says:

    The paucity of local containers for tetra paks.

  5. Poppy says:

    ………….the huge variety of plastics and the lack of facilities to recycle them.

  6. Kira says:

    The amount of plastic used in packaging and being unable to recycle a lot of it.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    I’ve just had two responses via twitter:

    @jessiedale said “the items accepted at my recycling center”

    and savvychristine said “the distance between me and the hard-to-recycle recycling center: an extra half hour to drop off old shoes & styrofoam”

    Thanks to everyone else who has responded so far; it’s very interesting to read your replies – keep them coming!

  8. Deb from Boston says:

    the plastics and plastic bags used in packaging that are unmarked.

  9. lack of recycling facilities for polystyrene and bubblewrap. Nice to get things off your chest 😀 x

  10. Mario says:

    nothing. We are pretty good at it.

  11. Matthew says:

    I would like to recycle more, but don’t know what all is accepted by my local station. I do take everything that I know will be accepted, though.

  12. Carole says:

    An another reply regarding the different types of plastic that can’t be recycled around here. If there aren’t countrywide facilities in every local town for every kind of plastic that manufacturers produce, then they shouldn’t be allowed to produce it! Supermarkets are the worst.


  13. just Gai says:

    …the lack of a universal system of labelling which would allow me to identify the material and advise me how to recycle it … and the lack of easily acccessible plastic recycling facilities.

  14. Lee says:

    .. the fact that my local council are so awkward and picking about how they will collect things and on what days – they’ve made it into far too much of a chore.

  15. Keith says:

    For me, it’s the relative lack of disposal means or drop-off points. In my neighbourhood, there’s only one drop-off point for glass bottles. Nothing for plastics, paper or used batteries.

  16. Not knowing where the recyclables are actually ending up.

  17. RecycleBill says:

    Finding someone who is willing to take 1/2 of a tractor-trailer load of clean styrofoam off my hands.

  18. DIz says:

    Too much produce comes overpackaged in unlabelled and or non recycleable plastic. I get confused about what to do with it all.

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