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recycling question(3 posts)

recycling questionJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2003 1:14 PM
Though there is no organized pickup and process of recycled materials in our community, I keep numerous bins in the garage and do it manually, and drop it off monthtly at the recycling center. Glass, plastic, aluminum, newspaper, magazines, etc., etc....

I've learned that the local animal shelter accepts old newspapers, used to line cages. These are used in cages, then thrown away, not recycled.

I have the opportunity--through ride leadership--to collect a great many used newspapers from riders/at the start of rides, but am on the fence: Is recycling newspaper better than using it for another purpose, knowing that it's thrown in the trash after?

TIA!

-J
dependsDougSloan
Jan 29, 2003 1:19 PM
If you recycle newspaper, how many times is it reused? If more than once, that seems better. In a way, the shelter is recycling, but just once.

Doug
re: recycling questionKeeponTrekkin
Jan 30, 2003 10:26 AM
The animal shelter is going to put something in the cage, regardless. So, I think a donation of newspapers to it helps economically. Although, I doubt that it could use all the papers you could collect through ride leadership. You might ask them...

As to ecological optimization, if the shelter will just substitute another forest product for the recycled newspaper, I think it won't matter. Either way, a forest product ends up in the landfill or atmosphere.