Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SAB Recognizes B&F for Plastic Packaging Recycling

Location: 60 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466
About 8% to 10% of our total oil supply goes into making plastic. Did you ever stop to think about the irony of the environmental and economic impacts of extracting oil to make plastic packaging that you use once and then throw in the trash? If you could convert all the plastic you throw away each year into petroleum, you could drive 60 miles on that fuel. So why is petroleum a precious resource and plastic packaging is not? 

It is important to spread the word when local businesses help our mountain community aspire to be more sustainable for many future generations. The Nederland Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) would like to recognize the B&F grocery store for accepting an enormous variety of plastic packaging for recycling from its customers - more than any place in Boulder! 

Many people are aware that they can recycle light-colored and clear-colored plastic bags stamped with #2 and #4 recycling symbols at grocery stores. The B&F takes it further by accepting more "stretchy" plastics - a much bigger array of plastic packaging that you may not have known was recyclable! (see list below). The B&F contracts with a company that upcycles this diverse plastic mix into Trex® decking material (made of 95% recycled wood and plastic). 

Familiarize yourself with the list below. These plastics never degrade. If you throw them away, they just end up in a landfill, or pollute the environment, or endanger wildlife. Instead, you can bring all these plastics to the B&F, thereby reducing the demand of oil production, keeping our planet healthy, and doing the right thing for a sustainable future.

What?!? You can recycle Toothpaste Tubes? Granola Bar Wrappers? Deodorant? Baby Food Pouches?

Location: 1651 Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

I bet you've been throwing these in the trash!  

tooth brushes ... toothpaste tubes ... deodorant tubes ... suntan lotion tubes ... lotion pumps ... soap pumps ...  foil-lined granola bar wrappers ... baby food pouches

You cannot put these common household items in your comingled recycling bin, which makes them hard to recycle.  

you can bring all of the above  items to Alafala's on Broadway/Arapahoe in Boulder! 

In addition, you can bring #5 flat lids from yogurt / margarine / sour cream / cottage cheese to Whole Foods in Boulder.  The reason we are asked not to put flat plastic lids in our comingled recycling bins is because they get confused as paper by the mechanized sorting equipment.  Many of us with recycling obsessions cannot bear to landfill lids while recycling the round tubs they were connected to. Whole Foods gives us a place to bring the lids, and subsequent peace-of-mind.

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