Curtains for you 

Fabric shower curtains are definitely the way to go

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Are plastic shower curtains recyclable?

The two (liner and decorative) shower curtains in my kids bathroom have “died” — the reinforced holes have torn through.

I replaced them with fabric curtains that can be washed over and over, so that was good.



I’ve been meaning to answer your question, but I keep thinking of it at the most inopportune times. You know, like when I’m in the shower. All bathroom humor aside though, I’ve got a number one and number two answer for you.

1. RecycleForce [] can take it and bundle it with like plastics, probably PVC.

2. You can put it in your curbside bin; however, whether or not it will be recycled will depend on the facility it goes to. According to Republic, not every recycling facility has mills that will accept every type of plastic. They recommend putting it in your bin and letting the facility decide (knowing that if they don’t want it, then it will go in the trash).

Fabric curtains are definitely the way to go. Washable, durable and usually much prettier!

Piece out,


(NOTE: This letter appeared in the July 1, 2015 edition of NUVO.)


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