My kids gave me as a Christmas present a new toaster oven! (OK, they also gave me a set of DVD’s commemerating the awesome SF Giants 2010 baseball season, including a disk for every game of the World Series. Thanks Nathan and A timberland boots for men drienne.)
At the end of the day, I likely will use the new toaster oven, much needed, than I will watch all these Giants DVD’s.
Packaging: the toaster oven had the typical packing materials inside, including a couple of styrophome (do I have the spelling right?) backers to keep the product intact. All well and good.
I went to the PA Baylands recycling center the other day, and guess what? Styroform, however you spell it, no longer is accepted. I inquired why to a worker there, and he stated that there is no market for recycled styrofoam. (And I still cannot get the spelling figured out.)
There is a larger point than my spelling limitations.
An item such as I received as a gift this season could have been packaged without materials than cannot be recycled. The “bumpers” could have easily been made of corrugated materials and protect the product just as effectively, with recyclable products.
This is the sort of issue that starts at the local level, and can grow to from there. Why do we need styro however you spell it in the packaging material?
Paul, hopefully this time you chose a subject that won’t get locked.
I do agree with you, materials that can’t be spelt should not be used for packaging, particularly if they can’t be recycled.
One suggestion I have heard worked, take the packaging back to the store you bought it from and ask them to deal with it. If everyone did this the stores themselves would get the message then pass it on to the manufacturers. Even if we buy online, returning the packaging to Amazon or someone might send the right message if all o timberland boots for men f us were to do it.
You could start the movement. Palo Alto could be leaders. You would be a green giant.
Foam is not recyclable. Years ago, I visited a foam production company in Hayward and was AMAZED at the products they made for construction. Casinos, for one, owe a lot of their flamboyant architecture styling to styrofoam. Lightweight, easy to carve and surface, amazing, almost fantastical results.
And absolutely not recyclable. When asked, we were told the scraps are ground down and shipped off for bean bags.
Uh huh. Quite the demand for bean bags, I suppose.
re: Apple I don’t think Apple has used foam for a decade at least.
I had the same problem last week. Went to take it to the recycling center and they told me to toss it in the garbage. What did PASCO do with it, since they used to have a bin for it at the recycling center???
Also (to announymous), Apple, does indeed us timberland boots for men e styrofoam. My 6 month old iMac was packed nice and securely in it when I took it out of the box. I needed to sen timberland boots for men d it back and took it to Kinko’s and they use some new fancy air based packaging to send it back to Apple.