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Green Pathways: Mastering the Rules of Recycling for a Sustainable Future

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Everyone recycles. Or at least everyone tries! But do you really know how to recycle without doing anything?

Everyone sorts their waste to participate in recycling, or almost. According to the Observatory of Sorting Gestures, 87% of American people say they sort. Only less than half do the s orting systematically, and most also make mistakes in sorting. The result? Only 67% of household waste is recycled!

The problem is that the recycling rules are not always clear and not always well applied. To help you, here are some simple rules to follow for proper sorting. So here are the basics: to sort your waste, there are generally 3 bins: the bin for recyclables, the bin for ordinary waste, and the bin for glasses. As a general rule, it is said that the bin for glasses receives all glass-based waste, that of recyclables receives plastics, paper, cardboard and metal, while the classic bin is made for everything else, this that cannot be recycled (especially food waste). But in fact, it is not that simple! Here are some rules for getting there.

How to sort and recycle

Let’s start with recyclables. First, there is a list of waste that is systematically (or almost) recycled:

  • Cardboard boxes (pasta boxes, cake boxes, pizza boxes and others) provided they are not too dirty or too wet.
  • Papers (newspapers, magazines, flyers) are almost always recycled. The only exceptions are photo papers and wallpaper, which are laminated and benefit from specific treatment that makes recycling impossible.
  • Steel and aluminum (tins, aluminum trays, cans, aerosols), but not aluminum foil which is too thin to be recycled. Similarly, coffee capsules are not recycled.
  • Food bricks (soups, milk, creams and others) which are generally made up of a mixture of cardboard, aluminum and polyethylene.

All these materials are systematically recycled in California. You can therefore always put them in your “recyclable” bin except for the exceptions mentioned above.

How to recycle: plastic is not automatic

Then, you should know that many things that we think are recyclable are not in fact recyclable. In reality, only a small part of our waste is recyclable, including among the materials that are often perceived as such. For what? Quite simply because to be recycled, a material must meet certain criteria: be thick enough, have a particular composition and a specific melting temperature, for example.

Plastics are a good example. We often think that plastics are all recyclable when in fact, this is far from the case. There are dozens of kinds of plastics: flexible, rigid, opaque or transparent, thin or thick. And contrary to popular belief, most are not recycled. In fact, as a general rule, only the plastics used for the manufacture of bottles and other vials are recycled. This means that your water, milk or oil bottle as well as your shampoo bottles or your cosmetics bottles are recyclable, but that plastic cups, plastic tableware or plastic food trays are not!

Be careful however, the rules about plastics can vary according to the municipalities! Indeed, in some cities, which have different sorting systems and infrastructures, the rules may be different and other plastics are sometimes accepted in the sorting bins. To be certain, it is better to refer to the specific rules of your municipality, or carry out a search on Le Guide du Sort here. In Oakland, for example, since 2019, all plastics and packaging can be deposited in the recycling bin, unlike most municipalities. The objective is precisely to manage to set up a collection and recycling channel for these plastics which have not been recycled until now.

As a general rule, it is also possible to leave the caps on plastic bottles when sorting.

How to recycle glass: beware of received ideas

Regarding glass, again things are not so simple. Of course, glass bottles such as bottles of wine, beer, milk or fruit juice can be recycled via the “glasses” bin. But many glasses cannot be recycled: this is the case for glass dishes (glasses, plates or other), Pyrex dishes which have a different melting temperature from glass, light bulbs or even crystal, mirrors, windows and other car windows…

In summary, only the packaging glasses (bottles, jars and flasks) are recyclable, everything else is not! When in doubt, it is better to throw in your ordinary trash to avoid disrupting the recycling channels.

And the rest? How to sort and recycle it?

For the rest, it’s pretty simple: most household waste is thrown away with your regular household waste.

Most plastic or polystyrene food packaging, plastic film, aluminum foil, broken table glasses or even too dirty or too wet cardboard boxes are non-recycled waste that should therefore be thrown in your all-in-one” trash can”. Except of course if your municipality participates in the development of the sector, especially for new plastics (in Oakland and other large cities in California).

This is also the case for food waste for which there is currently no generalized specific channel. On the other hand, it is possible to sort them to make compost (very useful if you have a garden).

What you can’t throw away

Please note, however: many types of waste cannot be thrown away in a conventional bin: this is the case for batteries, electronic equipment and other waste that is hazardous or contains materials that are harmful to the environment or health. For some of this waste, there are specific channels. This is particularly the case for:

  • cells, batteries or light bulbs which are recycled via special channels (via terminals available in supermarkets in particular)
  • medicines to bring back to the pharmacy
  • aluminum capsules for coffee can sometimes be returned to the producer who takes care of them (it depends on your supplier). In some counties, it is now possible to put them in your recycling bin
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment, for which there are dedicated channels. You can:
    • either bring them back to a distributor who has the obligation to collect your old device in exchange for the purchase of a new one
    • either donate it to an association that will take care of its possible reuse
    • either drop it off at the recycling center or at special collection points (find out more from your municipality)
  • edible oils, which can be thrown in your ordinary bin but which it is better, if possible, to deposit in specialized collection points (inquire with your municipality). Do not throw in your pipes: this can clog the pipes and this complicates the treatment of wastewater.
  • engine oils and other waste oils, which must be disposed of at specific collection points, at a garage or in dedicated collection bins (there are some in port areas, for example)
  • tires that need to be returned to a specialist or dealer
  • large waste scrap metal, wood or materials that must be taken to the recycling center

With all these rules, you have everything you need to sort and recycle your waste correctly. So don’t wait any longer! If you need to rent a dumpster for recycling, check For information about recycling in the city of Oakland, check For more information on waste management in the USA, check

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New Arizona Law Intends To Crack Down On ‘Oppressive’ HOA Rules

New legislation enacted by the Arizona House last week would make it significantly more difficult for property owners in the state to regulate people who attempt to band together against their HOA.

House Bill 2158, which prohibits homeowners associations from banning certain types of speech and action, will protect the rights of anyone who choose to express their dissatisfaction with their HOA’s management.

The bill was put into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey earlier after also passing through the state legislature.

Promoters of the bill have advised congress members that “authoritarian” homeowner’s organisations have grown out of hand in their attempts to restrict them, in an effort to stifle opponents who would try to voice their concerns at neighbourhood meetings.

If they don’t agree to what we’re expressing, they’ll cut off from the discussion altogether.

Now more than ever, it is important that we go inside and prevent them from interfering with people’s basic rights any longer.

The ability of a resident to engage in a HOA election by having to put up campaign posters related to the organisation or organising activities inside the neighbourhood is particularly safeguarded by the legislation.

The publication of notifications for informal member meetings in bulletin boards administered by the organization, of if they are hardware or software, is not prohibited under the group’s bylaws or policies.

Residents are also permitted to publicly congregate and discuss HOA business, including includes the following activities, in accordance with the criteria of HB 2158:

The members of the Board of Directors were elected or dismissed on an annual basis.

There is the risk of election-related issues, whether rumoured or confirmed.

The materials provided to the public have been revised and updated.

The fear of losing control over one’s possessions or their concern for the safety of others

Additional business or acts undertaken by community members are strongly urged upon.

Owners organization (HOA) residents ought to be able to speak freely without fear of being fined or cited, according to David Hill, a supporter of HB pcs who worked tirelessly to see it passed in the legislature.

Hill noted in his statement before state legislators that political fliers were removed from his neighborhood association as they were considered to be disrespectful of a board members’ authority.

A common comparison among residents of homeowner’s associations is that life in a homeowners’ association is similar to living in Germany during the Cold War, when a sign warns inhabitants that they would be leaving the Soviet-American Zone.

Several local property owners (HOAs) have earned a bad image in recent years as a result of its efforts to downplay concerns in their own neighbourhoods.

According to press reports, local authorities allegedly penalised persons who posted derogatory messages on the Gilbert community’s Facebook page, among other things.

In 2019, he received an cease-and-desist order from the neighborhood association (Homeowners association) in which he lived after publicly complained about the status of the sidewalks in his neighbourhood in the previous year.

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Cardinals Hurting Themselves By Not Extending Kyler Murray

When it comes to signing two-time Postseason pitcher Kyler Murray’s contract, the Cardinals have already been slow in deciding whether or not to do so.

A contract offer from Erik Burkhardt was made public earlier this summer in a statement. According to sources, Murray has made it clear that he wants to be the Cardinals’ long-term franchise quarterback.

In spite of the fact that Burkhardt’s assessment of the case has been less than ideal, the comments were nevertheless accurate in the final analysis. Even when other teams took aggressive moves that signalled their desire to win, Jim Burkhardt and the Arizona Cardinals’ fan base have sat and observed. That being said, it’s only a matter of time before they get back on track with their preparations for the new season, and they haven’t done anything to do so thus far.

Cards owner Peter Bidwill and the front office have been rumoured to have agreed to initiate contract negotiations the Murray’s camp in the summer when the organisation is not forced to do so because of the impending drought. Keeping one’s end of the bargain is essential for the success of the team.

It’s more likely that as time passes, the cost will increase. The Las Vegas Raiders & quarterback Derek Carr came to terms early on Wednesday morning on a 3 extension worth an average of $40.5 million annually.

If indeed the whole contract is completed, the overall worth of the contract will be around $35 million every season. It is a rather deceptive contract. Since Carr signed a collaborative contract following his contract influenced the player’s decision to trade outstanding pass rusher Ryan Khalil a few seasons ago, the guarantees are likewise small.

Regardless of whether the Cardinals extend Murray, his camp could use fact that the other teams are doing so as leverage to secure a greater contract.

Additionally, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford received multi-year contracts this summer, pushing the yearly cost of a strong quarterback like the Cardinals to a new level. Specifically because of the Watson deal, it is possible that Murray’s Cardinals contract extension ended up being more expensive than originally anticipated.

Players such as Ravens wide receiver Lamar Jackson and Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who was acquired only recently, are both expected to see their contracts extended soon. If Bidwill and front office want to prevent seeing Murray’s price tag rise farther in the future, they should extend his deal now.

Cardinals management has struggled to maintain positive connections with their key players, make when it relates to contract talks. The relationship between you and him will only get worse if you keep him around any longer.

Indianapolis Colt owner Jim Irsay revealed during the League owners meeting that the team has pondered trading for a new quarterback in exchange for multiple first-round draught picks. Due to the fact that Devin Watson was also the only other budding prospect worthy of multiple first-round selections, it is safe to believe that Irsay spoke to Murray, as the Texans blocked their divisional rival Colts form interviewing him.

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