Trash Talk – Tips on Recycling at Panorama

Submitted by resident group, Panorama Green Team – April 2020

Plastics

There is a difference between what is RECYCLABLE and what our current recycling service will accept. The numbered triangles on the bottom of many plastic items only indicate the type of plastic; they do not indicate what our current recycling service provider can take.

What is acceptable here may be different than what you are used to and may change as markets for recyclables change.

You MAY put in the recycling bin: plastic bottles, jugs, and jars (no caps or lids); dairy tubs and yogurt cups (no caps or lids); plastic buckets (no lids or handles).

You may NOT put in the recycling bins: any plastics numbered 1-6 other than the above items. Do not put in the Recycling Bin: clear deli containers, frozen dinner trays, plastic takeout containers, plastic bags of any kind (including such things as bubble wrap, plastic-lined mailers), plastic egg cartons, plastic lids, plastic utensils. Unfortunately, all of these must be put in the trash.

Pay attention to the posted signs at the recycling centers, and if you are not sure about an item, put it in the trash.

Next month: Paper

6 thoughts on “Trash Talk – Tips on Recycling at Panorama

  1. The water bottle you show is not one of the cheap, crinkly kind. There appears to be come confusion, i.e., “A water bottle is a water bottle.” You might want to point this out.

  2. Suggest you post these two, especially the DO NOT RECYCLE, photos at the recycling locations at Panorama. Even posting/displaying the DO NOT RECYCLE examples would help. Have tried to explain the “acceptable” and “not accepted” to individuals there and elsewhere here at Panorama. Gotten poo-pooed and told “it’s plastic” or it has a “recycle” emblem/number/etc. when at the recycle center here, being able to point out “displayed” examples of not accepted proved very helpful.

  3. Clear plastic containers: fruit, salad, etc. Consume much space and don’t compress well when disposed of in our in-house and outside containers.

    With little effort, the bowls, all shapes & sizes can be reduced by more than 50%

    1. Rinse well and dry
    2. Cut into quartered segments with standard scissors, 6″ blades do well.
    3. Drop into your general waste container, loose or stacked.

    Remember to wash the scissors and lubricate, periodically

  4. Hi Jean, I talked to Josh and got some great information about your question. He has been working hard alongside the Green Team to eliminate plastic in the restaurant – then the pandemic began. Now supply chain issues have unfortunately limited our ability to have much say in what we get. The products available change from week to week. Josh is still committed to using recyclable materials as much as possible but right now that’s proving to be very difficult due to supply.

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