Here's what I threw out:
Definitely not recyclable:
- 2 paper sleeves with plastic lining from Weetabix breakfast cereal
- 1 plastic bag from a different brand of cereal
- 3 plastic wrappers from Fair Trade, organic chocolate
- 1 bag of vegetarian burgers
- 1 plastic clamshell containing blueberries (#6)
- 3 bags of dried fruit
- 1 plastic/cardboard container of dried fruit
- 6 energy bar wrappers
Plastic portion probably not recyclable:
- 2 aluminum cans
- 4 Tetra Pak cartons
The instructions for the Show Us Your (Plastic) Trash Challenge said to include the recycling number at the bottom of each item, but only the blueberry container had a number. It's frustrating not having more information on what type of plastic is used. Each and every piece of plastic trash I threw out during the challenge week was packaging for food or beverages, and I'm astonished that there isn't a requirement that plastic in contact with food be labeled as to its type.
I wish I could say that recording my plastic trash for a week led to thoughts on how to reduce my consumption of plastic, but it didn't. There's no longer any store in the area that allows shoppers to bring their own containers for bulk foods, and I've got to eat something other than the potatoes, carrots and apples I buy at the farmer's market. I keep hoping that one of the local stores with bulk bins will abandon the ridiculous requirement that shoppers place bulk foods in plastic bags. I find it so ironic that Whole Foods, which brags about not offering plastic carrier bags at its check outs, still has rolls of plastic bags next to the bulk bins.