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  • Michael R. 3 months ago
    It sounds like some people think a recycling website/app is in a vast conspiracy that us plebs couldn't possibly comprehend. Companies are motivated by money. That is a fact no one is disputing. However, there are people or companies that try to take advantage of, or game the system no matter how disgusting in every industry known to man! We can't all just sit home and say "oh well" everything is a scam and everyone is out to screw me, so I will live in a bubble and never interact with anyone or anything. That is how some of these commentors sound, and this isn't even a controversial subject...wow... I thought some areas of the Internet were free of trolls, but I was horribly wrong. I will still recycle as much as I can.
    • Margaret H. 1 month ago
      You DO realize that recycling copanies...and Recylebank itself...is a company too? Motivated by the same thing. PROFIT. That is the #1 goal of EVERY company that has ever existed.
  • Jennifer S. 5 months ago
    Oh, the haters!
  • Susan B. 8 months ago
    The only concern I'd have is that some business cards, like greeting cards and wrapping paper, may have metallic ink. My recycling company says not to include any paper that has metallic ink on it.
  • Margaret H. 9 months ago
    Oh god...not this again. One more time for the dishonest people at Reclycebank and the morons who just blindly accept that BS...the demand for paper in the US results in MORE trees...not less. No one is chopping down Amazonian rain forests to make that ream of paper you put in your printer. The are made from trees that exist SOLELY to supply the paper industry with wood pulp to meet the demand for paper products. If that demand drops, than there is no longer any need for those trees. And guess what? Those trees WILL NOT REMAIN! Someone spent millions of dollars buying up that land for the purpose of growing those trees. If the demand was no longer her, he is NOT going to take a multi-million dollar loss on that land and simply let it grow over into a forest. (It wouldn't grow into a forest anyway. The trees are planted too close together to allow them to get too big.) So, without the demand for paper, that land which currently mans thousands and thousands of acres of trees would be totally razed and sold to someone who would develop that land for something OTHER than trees.
    • Laurie D. 8 months ago
      Hey Margaret unsubscribe why don't you. Recycling is a good thing.
    • Andrea S. 8 months ago
      You make some very valid points. Forests planted to supply the pulp industry are managed carefully, and provide a lot of cover for wildlife. After harvest, they're replanted. And from an economic standpoint, I agree that if demand for pulp dried up, the trees would disappear--probably to a developer who'd put up acres of tacky "McMansions." Economic illiteracy runs rampant, however, so don't expect many converts.

      While I agree with Laurie that recycling can be a good thing, please, folks, let's not turn it into a religion. Recycling isn't without costs. From what I've read, some dangerous aspects of the process (with respect to electronics, for example) are farmed out to 3rd world countries, where kids pick through piles of hazardous waste. How's that "good?"

      I recycle as much as I can, but I'm not about to clutter my house with little piles of stuff while I search for somebody to take them off my hands. Nor will I drive 25 or 30 miles to drop off an item that my town's contractor won't take. I also refuse to waste my time trying to read illegible recycling symbols on a container. Nor do I "sweat the details" when it comes to the recycle codes. Sometimes you just have to say "Enough already!"
    • Duane W. 8 months ago
      "Junkyard Planet," by Adam Minter, is a very good read on this subject. Adam grew up in the salvage business, and he has a behind-the-scenes look - and take - on the subject.
    • Randy F. 8 months ago
      Off Topic: I just wanted to say that your diplomacy, Andrea, is much appreciated. In this world of Like-OR-Hate/ Eviscerate, diplomatic humans are becoming a rarity - and I'm glad I stumbled upon your posting. I also happen to agree with what you said along with how you said it.
  • joanna l. 9 months ago
    The business cards with the magnetic back are fun, you can paste a photo or a saying over the image on the front and stick it to your fridge.
    • Erica D. 8 months ago
      I wouldn't have thought of that, but that is a good idea! Next time I will put a favorite picture on there and re-use the magnet! :)
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