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The following is a copy of the letter I wrote to a sustainability coordinator in my immediate family members' region explaining what the current situation is as best as realistically could .......
Hello Jamie. It was good communicating with you on the phone today. One of the materials I was going to discuss with you is polystyrene/styrofoam (hot/cold cups) (hot/cold sandwich containers) which I found out, from the customer service representatives at Dart Container Coration, can be recycled at ...... Insulation Technology, Inc., 35 First Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02324,
Phone #: (508) 697-6926

URL Address: 

 
Before I pay for a large polystyrene/styrofioam TerraCycle, Inc, bin, businesses like the above can accept all the polystyrene/styrofoam packaging either by mail or drop off. Jame, it has been a very real challenge to send all the polystyrene/styrofoam packaging by mail because there is no prepaid label to work with. There is also TerraCycle, Inc. drop off locations in both Somerset, MA & Raynham, MA. However, people like my immediate family members will just never ever take them there (just like they will never take their 'film' plastic bags, 'only the store drop off ones' to be recycled at the grocery store). Even one of their community city council members, whom I spoke with at the beginning of March 2023, stated that people like them would just not commute/travel there just to recycle the polystyrene/styrofoam packaging. A person like myself, as I have explained to them (my immediate family members and the community city councilor) would need to have two escorts, one in front and one from behind, whenever commuting/traveling both as a pedestrian and as a bicyclist. Anyone, now, obviously, who commutes/travels, as a pedestrian/as a bicyclist, needs to have guardian angels with them at all times. (I also have been, and continue to be, a very  determined vision zero outreach community advocate working on trying to find ways where the reality every single place is 'safety first always' 'guaranteed' - where every person, in any transportation mode, matters ...... their families lives and their own lives ['always' 'guaranteed'].). The difficult to recycle 'film' plastics (chip bags & cookie bags) are always put into the Hive Brands, LLC (TerraCycle, Inc.) pouches that already have a prepaid USPS label on them to be mailed via the postal service. Their previous toaster oven, I fact checked it 100% from Earth 911, can be taken to, along with any used electronics, including wires, ...... Data Recycling of New England, 13 Ridge Hill Road, Unit #8, Assonet, Massachusetts 02702, Phone #: 508-822-2054, URL Address:

[Monday – Friday From 7:00 A.M. To 5:00 P.M. & Saturday From 7:00 A.M. To 3:00 P.M.].

Best Buy, 27 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747Phone #: (508) 984-0002 also accepts all types/kinds of used electronics, including wires. Just the rigid plastics (plastic bottles) as well as print newspapers (which become very heavy), are to be recycled at my immediate family members' local transfer station. Of course, once their digital newspaper subscription begins, no longer will people like my immediate family members have burdensome heavy paper for recycling to ever worry about as well as continue to frustrate them (give them added, not needed, unnecessary stress). The digital newspaper subscription, as I also fact checked, will also 'definitely' save them a considerable amount of money versus the print versions. I put aside, and have been putting aside, for the family friend, to always take/recycle ........ aluminum soda cans (redeemable and not redeemable), aluminum soup cans, aluminum foil, light bulbs (any type/any kind), batteries (any type/any kind), and broken glass (which we both know full well can always be melted down to create brand new commodities). I currently sort my immediate family members=' unwanted materials seven days a week always now during the night shift, also, cleaning their kitchen completely (I have recently repurposed another mop since the one I had been using, which was perfectly fine, there was nothing wrong with it, was taken away 'somewhere'.), and every single morning they can always experience a clean, immaculate, zero waste kitchen - just one of the 'major' tasks a person like myself has been doing for them since the beginning of December 2018. ('I never complain about it. I just complete these particular very necessary tasks for my immediate family members as both a way to pay them back for all that they ever done and also in exchange for lodging, just a sofa, every night in the corner of one of their work spaces.') The 'film' plastic bags are all sorted, separated topgether, in one box, just the store-drop off ones ready to be recycled at the grocery store. The family friend has been able to recycle the 'film' plastic bags at the grocery store twice, but just cannot continue to do so long term. My immediate family members will not separate their paperboard cereal boxes from the store drop off 'film' plastic clear cereal bags as well as any remnants of cereal left in it.I currently compost banana peals, plum pits, orange peals, pistachio shells, etc. I have created a compost pile in the back of their shed. My immediate family members never ever go out there to compost. They continue to use their kitchen sink putting bananas peals in it. I have also been telling them not to flush their floss in the toilet. Only the three p's go in the toilet (pee, pooh, and toilet paper). My immediate family members still use toilet paper,. A person like myself has not used toilet paper since Scott Pruitt was at the E.P.A. (How did something like that even happen? How could that have ever happened?)I have also told my immediate family members that any no longer useable medications of theirs should be brought back back to their pharmacists. However, just like all the other materials that are required to be brought somewhere, they just won't.  Even, for example, when I was on the phone with a Dart Container Corporation representative, they were planning on commuting right past the exit on Route 24, to where Insulation Technology, Inc., but they told me that they would not bring the polystyrene/styrofoam there to be recycled. The fact is that they just like to purchase things (consumerism), but when it comes time to figuring out where the materials are to be taken, people like them want no part of it whatsoever. I cannot even communicate with them, 'anymore' about how inspiring repurposing materials as well as upcycling them is when they just tell me it both frustrates them and puts a lot more added, unnecessary stress on them. So, thus, I have not spoken a word of the aforementioned to them. I am only now inquiring to them about both who took the Hive Brands, LLC pouches to be mailed via the postal service and where were these particular difficult to recycle 'film' plastics taken. The same is true for both their previous toaster oven and the two upright vacuums. I, again, Jamie, was able to include the contact information for The Vacuum House in Swansea, MA with the two upright vacuums ...... The Vacuum House, 544 Milford Road, Milford PlazaSwansea, Massachusetts 02777, Phone #: (508) 677-0050, URL Address: 

 The fact is, Jamie, that all of these particular materials, for my immediate family members, that is, are, as well as continue to be, burdens for/on them that they just do not want to deal with (and choose not to deal with). However, the major dilemma/conundrum is that 'film' plastic bags (recycled 'store drop off' and/or difficult-to-recycle 'film' plastics, like cookie bags and like chip bags, recycled in the Hive Brands, LLC pouches) do not/cannot be put in either one of their curbside bins. They would put it in either one of their curbside bins if a person like myself was not been assisting them since the beginning of December 2018. And I cannot/will not leave (depart from) them until a long term solution, for them, on their behalf, is in place so that they will always be 100% self-sufficient (and a person like myself will no longer have to be ever concerned about them). The governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, vetoed the bottle bill in that particular state for the very reason that, as he noted, there are just way too many steps for people like my immediate family members to take (and as we both know very well, now, my immediate family members just will not value, care for the things that they use, no longer need ever even if there are brochures/signs from their community visible, people like them will just always, alas, disregard them on a daily basis). Jamie, my VOIP phone number is (802) 391-4434. I do not use/have a cell phone. I have not used a cell phone since October 2019 to be more productive for my immediate  family members, and 100% better assist them. Please continue to always stay 100% safe. Take good care. Be well. Best, Andrew 

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    Truly the way to go

    • Jengaj John

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      Outstanding!

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        Amazing

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        • Komu Daniel

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          This is incredible

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          • Princess

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            This is truly commendable.!

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