Peeved at Cook's Illustrated....looking for a help-out.
Despite my several emails and a letter to Cook's Illustrated, they continue to refer to aluminum foil and pans as "disposable" every time. Apparently the word recycle is not in their kit.
I am not into the hugging of trees, but neither have I ever messed up a piece of foil so badly that it could not be folded in on itself and sent off properly for a new life somewhere.
If you subscribe to one of their publications or services would you help me persuade them that this is the twenty-first century, and that we need this planet to live on?
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While they are reusable in your home, some centers do not accept them for reclaiming, mine does not accept 'tupper wear' plastics, juice boxes..etc. Also some foil has coatings on it that make it unsuitable for a 'blanket word' other than 'disposable'.
Yes, there should be better attention to recycling Aluminum. But with many different 'disposable' aluminum products, some are not suitable for recycling in some locations. due to coating on the product, or their previous use for cooking food. Almost all accept drink cans--which simply need to be rinsed (something to be aware of in areas where water is also resource).
YMMV according to your location and recycling services available to you in your area.
So it's not quite as nation wide as you might think. And CI audience is mostly aware of these issues, while I appreciate your 'good fight', It would be difficult for a nation wide statement on foil, pie tins, etc to be characterized as 'recyclable'; as in many communities it is not an option for curb side service, and your fortunate if yours accept those items.
There would be far worse harm to environment driving 10 miles, washing the product at home, to drop off at a location that would accept those items in a misguided attempt to conserve resources.
Seriously, CI should be ashamed of themselves. Try Eating Well: much more conscious.
I'll cater anything any time for you. BTW, on tonight's news, Crow Agency is seriously under water. We're experiencing 2" of rain per hour today and tonight. They've been granted a state of emergency, and I work for an agency which is coordinating collection of relief goods (disposable foods, diapers, etc.) for them.
BTW, If I ever get back to Billings, will you cater and re-cater an event for me and the Crow Nation?
Some thoughts: In my experience it's so thin when the heat required to melt it back into usable metal, It actually just vaporizes. Granted this was a 'home brew' biz, ages ago. And there might be better technology today. But the original problems of sorting, cleaning..etc would remain. So, it would really depend on your municipality and what recovery techs they use..which IMHO would involve sorting the foil out,cleaning and compressing it into 'blocks' with a press. Would would be practical if you had tons of it.
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