Are milk bags recyclable?
Waterloo's publications only mention grocery and retail bags, are milk bags made of recyclable plastic too?
Jan 25th, 2008 8:49 pm
Jan 27th, 2008 12:29 am
Jan 27th, 2008 9:34 am
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Jan 30th, 2008 4:11 pm
Jan 30th, 2008 8:53 pm
I am under the impression that they are collected in Waterloo region. They are recyclable but it does depend on the region and what they collect. If you do find out differently, please let me know. I occassionally put them in the recycling although I generally use them as garbage bags since they fit perfectly in the small garbage cans we use in the bathrooms.
Jan 31st, 2008 9:18 am
Jan 31st, 2008 2:14 pm
I really don't buy much milk, but perhaps you are not doing more for the environment by buying from Mac's Milk. If you have to drive to the convenience store to bring back your empty jug, it's using gas and contributing to pollution.
Mar 9th, 2009 5:39 pm
Mar 11th, 2009 1:39 am
Mar 11th, 2009 1:45 am
Huh? Why not?
* Milk bag (rinsed)
* Place all recyclable plastic bags in one tied plastic bag. Place this item securely in your curbside recycling box or apartment recycling cart.
Mar 11th, 2009 9:06 am
It depends on the municipality.Rehan wrote: ↑Mar 11th, 2009 1:45 amHuh? Why not?
http://www.peelregion.ca/scripts/waste/ ... query=milk says:
Mar 11th, 2009 10:45 am
Everything that gets recycled is melted/broken/shredded down and remade due to possible contamination. The whole point to the recycling process is to reuse the items that have already been used instead of dumping them in a landfill and then using more natural resources. You are still reusing the jug, but you are starting from scratch.pluto wrote: ↑Mar 9th, 2009 5:39 pmSorry to revive an old thread here, but I have a question about the Mac's milk container program that maybe someone knows the answer to.
I've been buying milk from Mac's in the 4L jugs for over a year because I didn't like throwing away the bags (my city did not recycle plastic bags then, not sure about now as there have been some other changes...)
Someone was telling me that they *have to* melt down the jugs and remake them every time they are purchased/returned versus rinsing them out and refilling them. Something about they can only use 'virgin plastic'
This same person told me that he thinks they are simply putting the jugs in the municipal recycling program and pocketing all the unclaimed deposit money.
Any thoughts on this?
BTW: I can (and usually do) walk to Mac's from my house, unless I'm already driving by anyway.
Mar 11th, 2009 1:34 pm
Same goes for washing a peanut butter jar for 5 minutes just to recycle it. It may waste more resources just doing that.
Mar 17th, 2009 9:14 pm
Perhaps, however it may waste more resources if you send it into a recycling plant to wash it. Rinsing out salad dressing bottles or bottled juice is easier than rinsing old crusty salad dressing or old dried up juice at the bottom.