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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Feb 03 1998 - 04:42:00 EST


Date: Tue, 3 Feb 98 09:42 WET
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: What are the things I can recycle? (Chris)

Feb 2/98

Dear Chris,

You are asking 2 questions: What you can recycle, which is dependent upon what is recycled where you live by a program to which you have access AND what things are technically recyclable? The answer to that is extensive and I can't possibly cover everything, but here's an off the cuff list:
- paper, newspaper, office paper, computer paper, brown paper bags, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, milk cartons, asceptic drink boxes
- plastics, milk jugs, yogurt containers, all packaging containers (although that made of polyvinyl chloride presents promblems), engineering plastics such as are in computers or motor vehicles
- metals: all metals in virtually every variety, from the huge, e.g. washing machines or motor vehicles, airlplanes or locomotives to the infinitesimal, e.g. the trace amounts of platinum in computer circuit boards
- construction debris: asphalt, cement, bricks, wood, gypsum wallboard, shingles, structural steel.
- tires and other forms of rubber
- glass: containers, plate glass, sheet glass, fiberglass
- oil: motor oil especially
- electronics: computers, circuit boards, CRTs, printers, photocopier components, wire, circuitry
- motor vehicles: almost everything except residual shredder fluff in a car or truck is recyclable
- soils: decontaminated soils are recyclable
- waste wood/pallets/yard waste: whether by recycling or by composting these materials are at least 'reusable' and definitely compostable .
- much, much more

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