Green Okinawa (2) Recycle your milk and juice cartons as well as your polystyrene or plastic food packaging at supermarkets
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Here's another tip from us.
Recycle your milk and juice cartons as well as your polystyrene or plastic food packaging at supermarkets (1).
At home, rinse them and let them dry. Cut open the cartons so they can lie flat. Pop them in your shopping bag and take them with you when you go to the supermarket. Most supermarket chains have recycling bins at the main entrance. There is normally one recycling bin for milk and juice cartons and another recycling bin for polystyrene and plastic ‘food trays’. Try to avoid buying cartons with an aluminum layer on the inside as they cannot be recycled.
Since you are going shopping, take your reusable shopping bags and insulated bags with you. There is a global effort to avoid single-use plastic shopping bags and more grocery stores are charging for a bag. Keep some reusable shopping bags in your backpack, car, office, gym kit or close to your front door, so that you always have them handy.
Where can I recycle my milk, juice cartons and food trays?
AEON, CO-OP, Marudai, Kanehide San A, and Tabata.
What do I have to do?
Rinse and dry your food trays. Put them in the food tray recycling bin at the supermarket. Rinse, dry and cut open your milk and juice cartons. Put them in the milk carton recycling bin at the supermarket.
What can’t be recycled?
Soy milk cartons and cream cartons with an aluminum layer on the inside.
What do they become?
Polystyrene food trays are reborn as food trays! The wood pulp extracted from the milk cartons is turned into tissues and toilet paper. ‘Showa seishi’ is an Okinawan company that makes household products using recycled paper and milk cartons (2). Look out for their COREROLL toilet paper available in San A.
OISTers, let us know where you find Showa seishi products. Are there other products you buy which are made from recycled materials? Please share your knowledge with us so that we can include it in the Green Okinawa guide that the Resource Center is developing. Thanks!
(1)Committee for Milk Container Environmental Issues http://www.yokankyo.jp
(2)Showa seishi http://www.syouwa-seishi.co.jp/product/
(3)Image credit city-cost.com
This Green Okinawa post was developed in collaboration between Yoshimasa Nakamura (OIST Resource Center) and Kate Whitfield
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