What are Your Recycling Questions?

On Saturday, September 28, at 1 pm, we have invited Michele Bernier of the North Attleboro Solid Waste Department to the Friends Book Sale to talk about recycling in North Attleboro. The sale is at the former Allen Avenue School near the Mall.

Why is recycling so hard? When I talk to friends and co-workers, we struggle with what seems like the inconsistency of the rules. Why can you recycle something in one state and not in the other? What happened to those numbers on plastic? Why can’t you recycle small pieces of paper — and did you know you shouldn’t?

The Town does have a new improved list of what can go in to the mixed recycle bins: https://www.nattleboro.com/solid-waste-department

However, we still have questions. Here are some of ours. If you have a question about recycling, please email me — mholmes@sailsinc.org — or call the library so we can be sure to get the answers from Michele.

1) We aren’t supposed to recycle tissue boxes, but we can recycle envelopes with plastic windows. What if we ripped off the plastic?

2) Speaking of boxes, how small are we supposed to make the pieces we put in the recycling?

3) What happens to the recycling in North Attleboro?

4) What are people living in apartments or housing buildings supposed to do?

5) What can we do with shredded paper?

6) What should we do with styrofoam or the styrofoam “popcorn”?

7) What can we do with bubble wrap?

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