by Max R. Smith
Times Staff Writer
BUENA VISTA– Angel of Shavano Recycling will no longer accept plastics with resin identification codes 3-7, owner Mickey Barry said.
The rule took effect Wednesday, a response to dramatic changes in the international market for plastic recyclables.
“Due to the market collapse of these types of plastics, we cannot collect and process them. Unfortunately, this is happening across the country,” Barry said.
While plastic products are no longer required to display a resin code, which indicates the type of polymer the product is made of, the code can be found on some packaging as a number encircled by the triangular “chasing arrows” recycling symbol.
Angel of Shavano will continue to collect plastics 1 and 2 – those are the rigid plastics polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPHE).
“Generally the container will be a twist-top bottle (soda, detergent and milk containers) or clam shells (produce containers such as strawberries),” Barry said. “(Nos.) 1-2 plastic containers have a strong market domestically, and we will continue to search for other ways to divert 3-7 plastics from the landfill.
“Unfortunately, due to our location and the value of the materials, we cannot justify the collection of 3-7 plastics,” he said.
Angel of Shavano will continue to accept:
Cardboard: Corrugated boxes, cereal/soda boxes, brown paper and bags, egg cartons and cartons (juice boxes, milk cartons).
Paper: Office paper, junk mail, folders, magazines, shredded paper (in a bag).
Newspaper: Newspaper inserts, phone books, coupons, white packing paper.
Glass: Bottles and jars only, colored (brown, green and blue), clear.
Tin/Aluminum: Cans, clean aluminum foil, clean aluminum pans. No scrap metal.
Plastic Containers 1-2: Plastic bottles with twist tops, clam shells.
The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista is published by Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., the parent company of The Mountain Mail.