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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Does anyone know for certain if you can recycle envelopes with transparent plastic windows in them? Reason would say no, but the City of Toronto website is unclear on this matter, and my email to them has so far gone unanswered.

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Yes, you have to remove the windows, otherwise, your envelopes won't get recycled. Some envelope companies are now producing envelopes with windows made of a translucent paper that, to me, looks like waxed paper (the kind you use for baking cookies). Most, however, are still manufacturing the plastic variety.

Yeah, that's what I figured. Well, it's not that much hassle to tear them out.

Now that we can recycle so much in Toronto, the stuff we can't (said envelopes, plastic bakery trays) is becoming annoying. Time to pressure the manufacturers into making some changes.

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