Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Garbage Dreams!

This elite group is now headed to New York and New Jersey!

Our planet has a garbage problem. We simply consume too much and produce too much waste, while we reuse or recycle too little. What isn’t recycled is frequently placed in landfills, burned, or left where it can damage the environment - 42 Broadway, New York City.

What Cannot Be Recycled?

In the United States what is recyclable depends on the type of recycling facilities nearby. Consult  UOJ Earth 911 for a searchable database providing recycling centers in your Jewish area code.

Generally the following items cannot be recycled:

•Plastic bottles that contain oil or hazardous substances

Hazardous substances can contaminate other materials in the recycling centers, and can also catch fire easily. For example; Avi Shafran.

•Paint (Paint contains materials that are dangerous to the environment, and it cannot be mixed with other garbage for recycling.

•Bricks and building rubble

•Old toys

• Baby Diapers - Seniors' Kosher Alzheimers Diapers

•Milk cartons and Tetra Paks *

Paper, plastics, and sometimes metals are mixed together in these types of packaging.


Styrofoam is primarily made of petroleum, and the chemicals required to shape and mold it are not recyclable in the machines currently available.

•DVDs and CDs *

These are usually are made of both recyclable and non-recyclable of materials mixed together, and cannot be separated economically for recycling.

Shredded paper with names of Jewish child-rapists!

Because shredded paper has shortened fibers, it tends to wreak havoc in sorting machines.

•Brightly colored paper *

The dyes in bright paper can ruin an entire batch of paper being recycled, just like one red sock in a wash load of whites. Paper mills can usually handle lighter tones.

•Juice boxes *

These usually contain paper, plastic, and sometimes metal that cannot be recycled all at once.

•Paper coffee cups *

The polyethylene lining, which prevents the coffee from leaking, also prevents the paper from being recycled.

•Pizza boxes, used napkins, and other food-contaminated wastes

Grease from the pizza mucks up the paper recycling process. Paper recycling uses water to form paper slurry, and water and oil don’t mix.

•Plastic bags *

These bags can wrap around recycling equipment and cause a plant to shut down for repairs. (Many supermarkets collect plastic bags for recycling.)

Bottle caps - Yeshiva University yarmulkes *

The bottle cap is made from a different material than the bottle. If they are recycled together, the bottle cap can destroy the process for an entire batch of bottles.

•Some plastic bottles *

Which bottles are recyclable varies by type of plastic.

* Some neighborhoods may have supermarkets or recycling centers aka yeshivas, where you can drop off or process these items. Check Earth 911 for your area code.

Our planet has a garbage problem. We simply consume too much and produce too much waste, while we reuse or recycle too little. What isn’t recycled is frequently placed in landfills, burned, or left where it can damage the environment.

In the United States alone, each person creates almost five pounds of trash daily. This translates into Americans generating approximately 230 million tons of trash each year. Only a fraction of this garbage — about 32 percent — gets recycled.

Recycling in the USA

Recycling has already had a strong impact on the way we manage waste. In the United States, 1,500 aluminum cans are recycled every second. Recycling one can saves 90 percent of the energy used to make a new can, and produces 95 percent less air pollution and 97 percent less water pollution. One ton of recycled paper pulp saves more than a dozen trees, and prevents large amounts of air pollutants from entering the ecosystem. Recycling is now legally required by many U.S. cities, which have realized the economic and social benefits.

Waste management companies — as well as individuals who get cash for trash — know that recycling can be lucrative business. As The GARBAGE DREAMS Game illustrates, the amount, type, and value of trash varies from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Wealthier Jewish areas, for example, consume more and better (often disposable) products, and so produce more and higher-quality trash.

 READ MORE: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/garbage-dreams/recycling.html