I was not aware of some of the options for disposing of more complex materials (including light bulbs, batteries, and other items) until seeing some of these separated bins at our Home Depot. For the past few months now, I have made sure to put aside those items as they stop working and make a quick trip over to drop them off.
Our lodge has utilized crushed and compacted plastic bottle blocks as bricks for interior wall construction. The second picture displays the use of approximately 3400 bottles in a 2.84 x 2.70 m wall section.
This is one of the nice reusable bags we had received at a local store, after legislation regulating plastic use was enacted in Colombia in 2016. Due to the large amount of plastic waste ending up in surrounding water bodies, Colombia has banned all plastic bags smaller than 30×30 cm, and placed a small charge on others that can still be purchased in stores (with a plan set to increase the tax each year until 2020).
By the middle of 2018, this initiative had served to decrease plastic bag consumption by 35%, and raised around $4 million in taxes [see articles below]. Success from these efforts is spurring other similar initiatives and will hopefully continue to drive progress toward mitigating damage from plastic moving on.
More on Colombia’s Plastic Initiatives:
Kohl’s exhibits extensive efforts toward creating more sustainable operations, company-wide. Our store offers a bin to allow customers to recycle their plastic bags, whether from Kohl’s or other stores (this is mandatory for associates). Customers can also bring other items for recycling, including packaging materials or shipping envelopes. As well, the bags we use in-store are made out of recycled plastic, themselves.