Pizza boxes are recyclable.
The reason there is a blanket ban on them in most recycle streams, including ours, is not because of the cardboard being used (it is good corrugated),
it is because of the food crud that is often stuck to it. The cheese and grease prevents the cardboard from breaking down in the recovery process.
So if you simply scrape off any stuck toppings and rip out any grease stains it can be deposited in the cardboard recycle bin down the block at the Recycle Depot.
If you put it in the blue box it may be refused because the driver probably sticks to the rules.
Try buying from the butcher shop… yes, there are still a few survivors today, and you won’t have a styrofoam problem to contend with. Styrofoam doesn’t even exist in such places,
at least I don’t recall ever seeing it. The meat can come in a recyclable clear plastic bag or wrapped in waxy brown paper. Fresh meat is quite clean and not grease-soaked, so the wrapping can be put into the yellow mixed paper bag. At least I’ve seen it mentioned that butcher paper is recyclable. Though I’m not 100% sure in our case, so if someone can confirm this that would be great.
The butcher shop can be just as economical as the big stores.
Local butchers you can walk to:
Queens Park Meat Market 402 Second St
Uptown Market 331 Sixth St has a butcher counter in the back
National Meats 619 Belmont in the backside of the Sixth and Sixth block.
For soft plastics, like food wrappings and bags, you can walk down to the Recycle Depot where they have a big white bag you can put them in. There was a time for over a year when they would not accept them, but they do again. For plastic wrap just rip out any stuck labels and wipe the wrapping clean.
It is economical and saves packaging to purchase large fruit juice containers and pour out the juice into a smaller reusable container of your own for school or work lunches.
For yogurt, try to avoid the single serving size. It’s better to buy the bigger size and keep it in the fridge at work and eat with the bowl and spoon you keep there, or simply just eat it at home. It needs to be refrigerated anyway. Convenience often means waste.
Being wasteful isn’t something to avoid only at home.
Remember not all trash is produced at home. It all ends up in the same landfill whether you are at work or out. So there is no shame in pocketing the chopsticks wrapper, bus token, receipts, etc. you collect during the day, even the stray papers you come across that are not your own. Lunch box fruit peels and cores can all go back into the plastic container in the lunch box for the home compost.
The art of Life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Okakura Kakuzo (1862-1913)
Frank (and Su-hui)