‘Horrible hybrids’: the plastic products that give recyclers nightmares


From singing birthday cards to baby food pouches, a growing trend of mixing materials is making recycling even harder

The cheerful, singing voice inside your musical “Happy Birthday” card is enough to strike horror in the heart of your local recycler.

The musical cards, which play a recording when opened, look like plain cardboard, making them easy to accidentally throw in the recycling bin. But experts say the insides are laced with cheap electronics and toxic batteries – making them a nightmare to dispose of.

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