Recycling rules unclear
Part of the reason for Cary’s problem with residents’ compliance with the town’s recycling rules (“Cary looks for unacceptable materials in recycling bins”) is the lack of clarity in some of those rules, particularly with respect to plastics. The town’s website treats as acceptable recycling items bottles (neck smaller than body) and tubs #1-7. Not acceptable are Polystyrene/styrofoam egg cartons.
I suspect that many residents are simply recycling plastics with the #1-7 without regard to the neck size limitation or whether the item is an egg carton. It is not clear to me why an item stamped with the #6 is acceptable if the neck size is smaller than the body, but not if it happens to be an egg carton. It is likely that few residents understand that the #6 describes Polystyrene or that it is sometimes acceptable and sometimes not. The limitation is likely coming from the recyclers, not the town.
In any event, the town ought to state clearly on its website and in communications with residents that not all plastics with #1-7 are acceptable recyclable items, particularly those plastics stamped #6.
William Conner, Cary