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Why not get a small chipper and chip non-recyclable plastics into small pieces before dumping?

Asked by gsagan02 (4points) April 26th, 2009

The plastic that I can’t recycle I cut into smaller pieces before I put them in the garbage but I am thinking of getting a small electric chipper and use that

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Because a landfill full of sharp plastic shards is not good for the enviroment. Also given that it won’t speed up the rate decomposition I think it isn’t worth the effort. Add on the power you are going to use to power your chipper and overall it’s probably worsefor the enviroment. It would be better to boycot companies that use plastic packaging.

btko's avatar

Yeah it’s not going to help. The pieces are still going to take thousands of years to degrade. Best to not use the products.

YARNLADY's avatar

They do that at the recycle plants. Not the collection plants, the actual remanufacture plants. They shred the plastic up into little bitty chips, and then melt it and make new plastic products.

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