With the holidays in full swing, our family has been eating a lot of green bean casserole with the fried onions on top and refrigerated pop-open rolls. Am I able to recycle those strange cardboard and seemingly metal-lined containers anywhere?
Dear Onion Breath,
So often I get questions about recycling, but this one is actually a great example of how we might consider the first “R” – Reduce. If we truly want to be green with our every action, sometimes we really must consider the packaging, not just the product, before making a purchase.
To my knowledge, these mixed material containers are not welcome in a recycling bin. So, if you want to put the environmental impact first in your favorite holiday recipes, you might need to find replacement ingredients. How about real onions and some homemade croutons for the crunch factor? If you don’t want to make your own rolls, I think you can find the store-bought ones in other packaging that might be recyclable. Or…I saw some beautiful rolls at the farmer’s market last weekend.
Nuts are another popular product that come in these funny little cans, but can easily be bought from the bulk bins in your very own container. What other products come in wasteful packaging when there are alternatives? Share your discoveries in the comments section below and we’ll select one winner to receive a $20 gift certificate for the bulk bins at Pogue’s Run Grocer.
FYI – If crunchy onions are irreplaceable, you CAN recycle the plastic lid!