99% of the total material flow in the US becomes garbage within 6 months. For recyclables, many municipalities do not have the infrastructure to process and re-purpose it all. Non-recyclable materials are sent to landfills or incinerators. There they release carbon emissions that have a negative impact on the environment. Landfilled garbage also takes up limited space on the earth and produces other side effects like leaching toxins into the soil and groundwater.
Garbage that is recycled goes to a processing plant and is converted into new raw materials to make new products. This not only eliminates the negative effects of land-filling or incinerating it, but processing garbage into new raw material releases fewer emissions than producing new virgin materials.
Technically, "non-recyclable" materials can be recycled. However, these materials must be collected, sorted and processed differently than what we consider traditional recyclable materials, which are really just the most easily recyclable materials (glass, metal, paper and some plastic).
By sending garbage to TerraCycle, the waste is not land-filled or incinerated. Instead, new products are made with the collected garbage, reducing the need to extract new materials from the planet and subsequent environmental impact. This impact is not small; for an average cotton pencil case, 91.1% of the carbon emissions associated with this product come from raw materials processing.
Making these products out of garbage eliminates the need for the raw materials processing, meaning that the recyled product will have a much smaller carbon footprint. The environmental impact goes beyond carbon emissions. By making that pencil case out of recycled plastic, instead of cotton, we reduce resource depletion, water withdrawal and the overall negative impact on ecosystem quality.
Gather the accepted waste or collect it throughout the week (no need to sort) and drop it off at the Pastoral Center or in the collection box outside the Parish Library.
Here is the current list of accepted waste;
Updated February 2017
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Globally TerraCycle has 60,326,782 participants; collected 3,250,204,774 units; and has raised $15,623,511 for charities. As of February 9, 2017 we have earned 27,106 points! The parish recieved it's first check from TerraCycle this past December. We have added a collection bin to the Walmesley Center to recycle plastic cups and drink pouches.