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Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:49 PM

You think you're doing good, but do not recycle your pizza boxes

They can't be recycled, and you're only slowing down the recycling of other useful things.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/how-to-get-rid-of-pizza-boxes-can-pizza-boxes-be-recycled.html/

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Reply You think you're doing good, but do not recycle your pizza boxes (Original post)
Goodheart Nov 2019 OP
Croney Nov 2019 #1
WhiskeyGrinder Nov 2019 #2
Xolodno Nov 2019 #3
Initech Nov 2019 #4
Aquaria Nov 2019 #5
JoeOtterbein Nov 2019 #6
BBG Nov 2019 #7
catrose Nov 2019 #8
KT2000 Nov 2019 #11
catrose Nov 2019 #18
lunatica Nov 2019 #21
elocs Nov 2019 #9
Kaleva Nov 2019 #10
yewberry Nov 2019 #12
Goodheart Nov 2019 #13
yewberry Nov 2019 #14
Ron Green Nov 2019 #15
Dem_4_Life Nov 2019 #16
imavoter Nov 2019 #17
mn9driver Nov 2019 #19
lunatica Nov 2019 #20
Flaleftist Nov 2019 #22
Codeine Nov 2019 #23

Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:55 PM

1. Hmm, I just rechecked our town's rules and

empty pizza boxes go in the recycling bin.

Food for thought though.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:58 PM

2. It's better to check your community recycler's rules.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:59 PM

3. That's it. Time to ban pizza.



I don't recycle pizza boxes. Winter gets cold, I use it for the fireplace as kindle. Probably not the best use either, but hey, when I'm cold....

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:00 PM

4. Totally depends on the MRF and the kind of equipment they use.

Some are equipped to handle all kinds of trash but some sorting machines aren't. The best thing to do is to check with the trash company that owns the local facility.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:12 PM

5. Depends on the restaurant

 

Our local deliverator joint uses a corrugated lining in the bottom of the box to keep the pie from sliding around during transit. That keeps the oil/food from making contact with the box below. Tossing the liner is less wasteful than tossing the entire box.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:15 PM

6. Food soiled containers should never be recycled.

Pizza boxes are soiled after use.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:34 PM

7. Yard waste compostable

Toss em in the yard waste bin. Or if you don’t have municipal yard/food composting do it yourself.
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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:39 PM

8. If there's a wild animal sanctuary near by, the big cats love pizza boxes

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Response to catrose (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:56 PM

11. Really?

Do they eat them or play with them?

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:43 PM

18. Both! At least, they gnaw on them. I don't know if they actually ingest them.

There's also much rolling around on them to absorb the heavenly scent. Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota posts photos of their cats freaking out over pizza boxes after the interns have pizza parties.

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Response to catrose (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 01:35 AM

21. My cat has never met a box he didn't like.

He thinks all deliveries are for him.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:47 PM

10. I cut mine up into small pieces and put them in the backyard compost pile.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 09:56 PM

12. They go in the yard waste bin here.

All yard waste, vegetable scraps, and pizza boxes go in the same bin.

Handy hint: I keep a largish sealed tupperware bin in the freezer for food scraps that are not suitable for vegetable stock and empty it into the bin once it's full.

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Response to yewberry (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:00 PM

13. I'm lucky enough to live on a pond with lots of turtles

Those turtles eat up all my food scraps.... but the pizza boxes go in the garbage can.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:03 PM

14. Aw, I want to live on a pond with lots of turtles!

Never happen within Seattle city limits though.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:26 PM

15. I suspect that no matter what you're told about the various parts of the waste stream

in your community, it’s mostly going in the landfill.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:39 PM

16. In San Antonio we have a compost green can for food waste and pizza boxes, etc

So between the recycling can and green can we fill our actual trash can which we opted for the smaller size about maybe once every 3 weeks at my house.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 10:41 PM

17. the top can be recycled if it's not greasy n/t

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 12:23 AM

19. We have an organics recycling program here

Pizza boxes are accepted, along with just about any kind of food scraps, paper towels, tissue and biodegradable waste you can imagine. No pet waste, though.

We use biodegradable plastic liners for the bin and freeze them when they are full. Combined with regular recycling, our large family generates about 1 kitchen bag of non recyclable waste per week.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 01:32 AM

20. I've known that for years

I worked in UC Berkeley and they’ve been recycling since I started working there last century. No foodstuff of any kind allowed. Pizza boxes have grease and leftover crumbs. They’re a no no for recycling.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 01:55 AM

22. Thanks.

Maybe they should stop putting the recycle symbol on the box.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 09:16 AM

23. Recycling doesn't get recycled anyway.

 

Most of it gets dumped in your local landfill.

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