Put an End to Wish-Cycling
Green Tips: September 2019
By Meredith Keet of The Zero Shop
Wish-cycling is a term used to describe the action of tossing those questionably recyclable items into the blue recycling bin in hope that they can be recycled. We’ve all had that moment when you’re holding some plastic object, maybe a child’s broken plastic toy or the twisty thing that seals the lid on your milk jug, and you wonder if it’s recyclable. You’re not sure, so you throw it into the recycling bin anyways and “wish” for it to be recycled.
With a 9.1% recycling rate in 2015 that is expected to be dropping precipitously due to many countries now rejecting our plastics for recycling, it has never been more important for all of us to do our part in making sure that we are recycling correctly.
How? To start, rather than Wish-cycle, use the adage, “When in doubt, throw it out” to guide you. If you aren’t sure if it’s recyclable, you are better off assuming it is not and should therefore be sent to the landfill. Sadly, simply wanting something to be recyclable does not make it so!
Here are a few more general recommendations for how to be a better recycler: