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Official word on recyclable baggies?
So, the plastic baggies. The ones that are marked with numbers are also marked as recyclable, no problem. But the smaller baggies are unmarked. The question is: are they recyclable?
I used to just assume they were recyclable, and put them all together,
but recently I've been separating them out, just in case. But what's
I've asked this of LEGO in the past, and the response I've always gotten has always been sneakily worded so as to avoid answering the question. They'll say something like "we mark our recyclable bags to let people know that they're recyclable". Which, when taken literally, says to me: "NO, the unmarked bags are NOT recyclable, or else they would be marked." But they didn't actually say that-- all they said was that the ones that are marked are recyclable... which we already knew.
Has anyone ever gotten official word from the company one way or another on this? That is, a statement specifically referring to the unmarked bags?
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I know it's not the question you asked, but I suspect that's why you got the answer that you did.
However, it's particularly relevant for the polypropylene bags. Polypropylene is hard to recycle and most places don't bother. It's the least recycled plastic, and only about 1% actually is. Recyclable? Yes. Recycled? Probably not.
So, LEGO is being purposely vague most likely.
Here in Belgium we just had a change. The Lego bags weren't allowed to go with other plastic (like detergent bottles) and had to go in with the leftover rubbish. But, now we can recycle them. We buy a big pink bag and all our Lego bags (big and small) + wrappings from magazines + those bags Lego puts in the boxes for packaging can go in there.
It's great and a little bit scary. I think from our street we have definitely have the most of this kind of plastic ;)
My county takes all plastic numbers, used to be just 1 and 2, I throw in the little ones.