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recycling shotshells

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dhip, Jul 23, 2010.

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  1. dhip

    dhip Active Member

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    Just wondering,in my area they use single stream recycling,paper,type 1&2 plastic,etc. Are shotshells in that catgory?Of course these are ones I deem not suitable to reload anymore.

    Doug H.
     
  2. Dave P

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    Recycle them. Just cut the plastic off spent shells and throw them in with the other plastic.
     
  3. Unknown1

    Unknown1 Well-Known Member

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    Most shotshell hulls are made from some variety or other of polypropylene plastic (#5 plastic). While it can be recycled, it's not a very desirable resource unless it's collected and delivered separate from other plastics. Most municipal waste plastic is delivered to recyclers in mixed lots. The extra precessing steps needed to separate, sort and collect #5 plastics from the more economically-worthwhile #1 and #2 plastics add to the cost of the recycling. To most, the return is not worth the added effort and #5 plastic delivered in mixed plastic lots is usually treated as waste and discarded.

    MK
     
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