Surprising Recyclables :: Little Tikes Wagon


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One side effect of my personal greenification is that I now question everything I use, own, and buy. Did I really need this? Can it be reused? Can it be recycled? Did my weed eater just melt a glacier? It’s really quite nerve racking.

Because of this, I often find myself looking for recyclables that don’t come from the kitchen or bathroom. Today I found one – my kid’s Little Tikes wagon. I caught a glimpse of the resin identification code, and sure enough it was a #2. In fact, most of the parts on this wagon are high density polyethylene and are totally recyclable (except the big green base which is a #4 – someday though.)

A phone call to Charleston County Recycling confirmed that atypical #2 plastics are accepted at most drop site locations, but will not be picked up in our blue curbside bins. This is encouraging though, and I feel as if a new frontier of recycling is in front of me.

So even though our plastic wagon has years of miles ahead of it, it’s nice to know that one day it may be reincarnated into a playground slide or plastic lumber. Happy (surprising) recycling everyone!



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