.... when plastic lids are put into recyclable bins, they contaminate the contents. Most lids are made from polystyrene, a liquid hydrocarbon manufactured from petroleum. If polystyrene mixes with recyclable paper, the recyclables become waste.Using one's own coffee mug or recyclable lids perhaps are the quickest solution. However, the market is governed by "profit", and seldom by the "Inconvenient Truth".
The Environmental Protection Agency has not come to a definitive conclusion on the direct carcinogenic effects of polystyrene, but the evidence is mounting and science is slow. While we wait for more controlled studies to validate whether polystyrene is toxic to the human body, more lids are being made all the time.
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Put a lid on wastefulness