Dear Recycle Lady,\r\n\r\nLast week I purchased several plants at Lowes.\u00a0 Each pot had an information tag with the name of the plant and how to care of it. At the bottom of the tags is a recycle symbol and the words \u201cRecycle. It\u2019s the Natural Thing to Do.\u201d\u00a0 Are these tags recyclable?\r\n\r\nGardner\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Gardner,\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, these tags are not recyclable locally. I checked several tags and found that some tags have the recycle triangle with a #5 in it and others had a #6 in the triangle.\u00a0 Larger cities would have the equipment for recycling the #5 and #6 plastics, but our Recycling Center only recycles #1 and #2 plastics.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Recycle Lady,\r\n\r\nHow much water does it take to produce one plastic bottle of filtered water?\r\n\r\nCurious\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Curious,\r\n\r\nAccording to <a href="http:\/\/www.freetheocean.com">www.freetheocean.com<\/a> producing a one-liter bottle of filtered water requires three liters of water.\u00a0 Two liters of this water is required to make the plastic bottle and filter the water. Only one liter of water is consumed.\u00a0 After someone drinks the water and discards the bottle, then the majority of the water used in this production process is lost.\u00a0 Is this the best use of our fresh water?\u00a0 Only 2.5% of the Earth\u2019s water is freshwater, and over half of that is locked away in glaciers and ice caps. This means that over 97% of earth\u2019s water is saltwater from the oceans and seas.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Recycle lady,\r\n\r\nDo shampoo bottles need to be completely empty and rinsed out before recycling?\r\n\r\nClean Hair\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Clean Hair,\r\n\r\nYes, the shampoo bottles definitely need to be emptied.\u00a0 The bottles could be rinsed, but an easier way is to turn them upside down and let any remaining shampoo drain out.\u00a0 This would be very helpful to the workers at the Recycling Center because shampoo makes a mess of the equipment and makes the floor very slippery, which is hazardous for the staff.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDear Readers, If you are interested in seeing a feature-length documentary about the plastic pollution crisis and its effect on community and environmental health across the globe, then go to <a href="http:\/\/url8030.catalogchoice.org\/ls\/click?upn=k-2FO4-2Fcsebps-2FfuC3Y9Zd7-2FbKAItwb5hGIKa5E2UD24VeXlpF6wNcZ90sVVWNMMvUHGkWdATx3-2B4y4r-2FGH4f31-2B3qvB8t-2FJV9mjeNA4Fb7UjknOCbVGsaky-2BN8hwYHoo-2Fqc29WtZl09v-2Bseg6a3uNW-2FewzYe-2BOyrG8TmG4MW72X8-3Dogyv_T9JdtQEFmVPubGjeiudmwBz3mriHUVfF80fL5Zr-2Bql0IGubpOjAEgs264Ycs0k0YiCibPN7C5XsS-2FMJjldQWWUu4hgEr10T6pmumVShISClQZXaCFNVrOuyV7w0snp2aUVWzgM8nDa5j5cxe9QGqhY2FLoMKra9Z19sJFwFwPBWod9G4vMoPK-2FRaxwepXHvsohzC6fdUGZkkfjYb0rcyB06oDPha2x-2FM8oY6SOYwtKV8Nk-2B-2F8io2qmymbdFJ7oWRzuf0LjQk9aoKa9UHrWaw2gT2wxs1QtSfqdnkUVv974fafKV-2FtI3B6DmxZb3QGqPi2hwFkFYxMyS3dmv-2Br-2B13LzO0CZ-2BSlev19pN5muC84ulcVW-2FEcoHgH2gZHvzicIWXTxl3VKVZXmcJr4QCVN6i0Y-2FwJpJQz5lQng84a-2F98FHk-3D">\u00a0a free, virtual screening<\/a>. You\u2019ll receive a link to watch the film, The Story of Plastic, at home, at your own convenience.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHave questions about recycling, or interesting information about recycling?\u00a0\u00a0 Send questions or requests to <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org<\/a>.\u00a0 Dear Recycle Lady is sponsored jointly by the Greenbrier Recycling Center and Greenworks Recycling.