Aluminum recycling

FILE — Eddie Lopez, a supervisor at Central Washington Recycling, pushes cans through a machine to be compressed Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Yakima, Wash.

To the editor — Am I the only one in Yakima County that is bummed by the fact that we can no longer recycle plastic containers? Plastics in landfills likely break down over time and end up in surface and ground water. We will never completely get rid of plastics, but what if each household tries to do the following: If you are buying a product and its container is available in plastic, aluminum, glass or cardboard, choose the later three instead of plastic.

Aluminum is still recyclable. Glass does not deteriorate in landfills. And cardboard deteriorates without toxic residuals. For instance, our household has started buying organic milk in half-gallon cardboard containers. You cannot avoid plastics for every purchase, but why not try.

DEAN EFFLER

Yakima