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  1. #1 Plastics recycling. 
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    In our college, we're trying to implement plastic recycling facilities, with little success. Despite repeated efforts to contact the local council and its environmental department, they seem unwilling to offer any salient advice, only stating that they have no real wish to help as they believe the cost of transportation and implementaion would be greater than the possible economical positives from recycling.

    Does anyone have any experience of this type of thing, and if so, give advice as how to best address it?

    Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerOnions
    In our college, we're trying to implement plastic recycling facilities, with little success. Despite repeated efforts to contact the local council and its environmental department, they seem unwilling to offer any salient advice, only stating that they have no real wish to help as they believe the cost of transportation and implementaion would be greater than the possible economical positives from recycling.

    Does anyone have any experience of this type of thing, and if so, give advice as how to best address it?

    Thanks.
    Recycling is so popular that the value of the recycled material is less than the cost of collecting, storing and selling it. If you want to start a program you need to find some funding source willing to subsidize the cost. It is a reality for most places where land disposal is still reasonably priced. Our corporation has a pro-recycle policy and so we recycle. It is a substantial additional cost and it is difficult to keep it going. It requires a full time administrator to manage it and a sizable budget.

    Advice - If students are willing to divert University funds away from core activity and to recycling, pressure the administration to set aside a budget. Set up a group of people to seek grant funding.


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    It's a real problem with some items to have them recycled, there's no doubt about it. I used to work in the print industry and we had tons of scrap laminate every month that nobody would recycle. I wonder if anybody here knows of companies that can recycle plastic laminate? I hate the thought of all of that stuff going to the dump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerOnions
    In our college, we're trying to implement plastic recycling facilities, with little success. Despite repeated efforts to contact the local council and its environmental department, they seem unwilling to offer any salient advice, only stating that they have no real wish to help as they believe the cost of transportation and implementaion would be greater than the possible economical positives from recycling.

    Does anyone have any experience of this type of thing, and if so, give advice as how to best address it?

    Thanks.
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