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Applewood Residents Visit Springfield, Massachusetts Materials Recycling Facility

Applewood residents are concerned about their “Carbon Footprint”; so fifteen residents and three staff members received a guided tour through the Recycling Facility. This plant, which has been operating for 27 years, recycles products that are marketable in the United States and other countries. As companies are willing to produce products from used paper, plastics, and metal this industry grows becoming more profitable with an expanding marketplace.

Most people throw away about four pounds of garbage per day which adds up to approximately 1600 pounds per year. When all this garbage is not recycled it takes up valuable land space and effects the environment; therefore everyone should do their part and recycle whenever possible. Plastic is another example of something that can be recycled and should be because 9,000 plastic bottles are used every minute. Almost all of this plastic can be reused to produce toys, park benches and fleece clothing.

Many of us learned things about recycling we did not know or had misconceptions about; especially regarding the triangle and number on the bottom of plastic containers. We were under the impression that anything with a triangle and number meant it should be recycled but that is not correct. Plastics with numbers one and two are a valuable commodity but other numbers are not. Also, the wax milk cartons should be recycled with plastics because the wax coating on the carton must be melted from the paper before it can be processed as paper.

Prior to becoming a product for sale, the items that are recycled are brought to a materials handling plant where they are sorted by machine or sometimes hand sorted.Items that are hand-sorted are colored bottles and the wax milk cartons. E ach pile of paper, plastic or mixed plastic are bailed into huge piles and then sold and shipped to various places in the United States and Foreign Countries to be reused in new products.

Recycling is an ever changing industry and we should all pay attention to the many items that can be recycled for future use.

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About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.