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Jean Diemert makes several great points about recycling in Ayer, some of which I would like to address.

I, too, would like to be able to recycle more plastics, but I have heard from our recycling hauler that numbers 3-7 plastics make up a small minority (in weight) of our plastics recycling, and therefore it would not be cost-effective to recycle these plastics.

May I suggest to Ms. Diemert (and others who are concerned about 3-7s) that many of these plastic containers make great food leftover containers. Single-sized yogurt containers are great for starting seeds.

Regarding recycling plastic bags, there are huge savings to be had by bringing canvas bags (several of which I keep in my car) to the grocery store. They have a much longer life, don’t contribute to litter and hold a lot more than plastic bags. You may have heard that San Francisco recently became the first city in the country to ban plastic bags from supermarkets and pharmacies. The Boston City Council is considering a similar ban.

I would like to thank Ms. Diemert for writing her letter and I will take this opportunity to let her and others know that there are vacancies on the Ayer Recycling Committee and she should feel free to contact me at Laurie.sabol@tufts.edu or (978) 772 7858, for information.

LAURIE SABOL

Chairman,

Ayer Recycling Committee

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