From the Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility:
It makes little sense, and yet almost everyone has done it: throwing away refundable containers. After all, it’s essentially the same as opening a change purse and throwing a handful of coins into the trashcan. And yet, improperly disposing of refundable containers is a national problem.
According to the Container Recycling Institute, the recycling rate for beverage containers has dramatically decreased. At the same time, the number of bottles and cans in the trash has increased. How many beverage containers are currently littered/trashed in the commonwealth? According to www.sierraclubma.org “Over 1 BILLION containers per year are littered or sent to our rapidly disappearing landfills – enough to fill Fenway Park to overflowing!” In Massachusetts, aluminum cans, plastic soda bottles and glass bottles are refundable.
The Wellesley RDF has clearly marked areas for refundables—just follow the signs! Make sure to sort out those recyclables that belong somewhere else, like plastic water bottles, and glass jars. Thanks for “Stepping Up!” For more information, contact Superintendent Gordon Martin at 781-235-7600 x 3340, or visit the RDF website at: www.wellesleyma.gov
What’s ironic is that the RDF seems to just recycle refundable glass containers (e.g., beer bottles).