More than 60% of American Townships Do Not recycle these thermoformed containers, aka clamshells, aka blister packs. So yes, even though you have been putting all your protective plastic packaging from your purchased products into recycle bins, they are not being recycled. They are still going into landfills.
According to the FTC Green Guide, when more than 60% of American Recycling infrastructures Do Not recycle an item, then that item is deemed "Un-Recyclable" because your municipality is removing these items from the recycling conveyor belt or recovery system to bury them in a landfill where they don't breakdown. The Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides are designed to help marketers avoid making environmental claims that mislead consumers. However, in this case, we are misled by the process of omission! When a blister pack has no recycle information on it, we take the sensible option and recycle. We believe we are doing the right thing, but because we are not told that our township does not recycle thermoformed containers we are misled and continue to buy products with these protective packages. Once again, consumers, are being "sold a bill of goods!"
Additionally, Bonnie who is a follower of Going True Green's blog for many years, shared an artist's exhibit created to demonstrate the impact of these blister packs that are not recyclable. You may wish to visit an article with photos on the exhibit at: A Tomb for the Plastic Ghosts We Leave Behind.
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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