Plastics: What’s Recyclable, What’s Not?


…Plus ways to reduce our overall use

Can I recycle this plastic bag? What about this candy wrapper? Such questions are frequently asked in these thoroughly packaged times, yet not so easily answered. offers some assistance with a handy guide to what plastic items can be recycled and where, but this recent episode of NPR’s Planet Money shows that the full picture is more complicated, with market forces constantly shifting the line between recyclable and rubbish.

Faced with such uncertainty, why not do yourself and the world a favor by just clamping down on your personal contribution to the contents of all those filthy trash cans and recycling bins? Looking for a few ways to do so? How about 100 ways? Behold: 100 Steps to a Plastic Free Life.