AT On... Mail-In Recycling?

AT On... Mail-In Recycling?

Jonathan B.
Sep 22, 2008

Just when we thought we'd seen everything, this polystyrene egg carton came along. Printed inside the lid in all caps: "IF YOU WANT TO RECYCLE THIS CARTON WE HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS!"

The "good news," apparently, is that you can indeed recycle the Styrofoam carton. All you have to do is mail it back to a packaging plant in either California or Washington.

We know from last week's post on coffee cups the light weight of styrofoam makes it less carbon-intensive to transport than paper, but throwing it away, and knowing it will take forever to decompose just feels bad. And we're committed to being green, but we're reluctant to stand in line at the post office in order to mail our garbage.

So, what to do with this? Keep it around (where?) until we've got a few more and need to go to the PO anyway? Buy eggs in a paper carton instead, which is more carbon-intensive, but which we can easily recycle or compost?

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