We should stop patting ourselves on our backs for getting plastics into recycling bins.

Click this link to connect to a 2547808National Geographic blog post dated April 4 of this year.  I’m beginning to wonder from an environmental perspective if we can justify the use of plastics at all.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic (and Recycling)

Metal and glass can be recycled over and over again, infinitely.  Many plastics can’t be recycled at all, and when we put them in our bins to be carried away by our recycling services they’re still going to end up in the ocean killing off marine life and polluting the Planet’s water supply.

I’m somewhat eco-savvy, and I had no idea about plastic facts.  I’m actually alarmed.

This list appeared in The Guardian (US edition, March 16, 2018):

Top items that people wrongly think can be recycled

  • Hand soap pump dispenser tops
  • Non-paper gift wrap
  • Coffee cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissues
  • Wine glasses
  • Glass cookware
  • Window glass
  • Straws
  • Greasy takeaway pizza boxes
  • Soft plastic/laminated foil packaging such as pet food and baby food pouches
  • Photo paper
  • Nail varnish bottles
  • Post-it notes
  • Shampoo bottles and food containers that have not been rinsed
  • Tissue boxes where the plastic insert has not been removed
  • Plastic toys
  • Mirrors
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans