Discover the logic behind plastic recycling rules and brush up on responsible medication disposal.
Q: I understand that a recycling station might only accept plastics type 1 and 2. But why would a station accept types 1 and 2 only if the plastic is in the shape of a narrow-neck bottle? If it’s made of the same stuff, and in the recycling process will be ground up and melted down (or so I assume), why does the item’s shape matter?
Jonathan T., Norwich, Vermont
Q: I do not know how to dispose of unused or outdated medications. Where, what and how?
Florence S., Bath, Maine
Umbra Fisk is an advice columnist for Grist Magazine .