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View Poll Results: Do you use paper plates? Poll
Never 3 14.29%
Always 1 4.76%
Sometimes 14 66.67%
Care to elaborate? 5 23.81%
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:39 PM   #21
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I don't want to hijack this thread, but I always wonder if the fossil fuels being burned by all of the recycling trucks and machinery in this world is worse for the planet than burying it in land fills...
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:46 PM   #22
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I don't want to hijack this thread, but I always wonder if the fossil fuels being burned by all of the recycling trucks and machinery in this world is worse for the planet than burying it in land fills...
I think that you make a valid point.

When we lived in the country and had our own burn barrel it was probably better for the environment than going to the expense of building/buying a garbage truck, taking the trash to a landfill or recycling plant several miles away and concentrating the contamination.

I suppose the current system is better for city folks.
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:56 PM   #23
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I've read studies that if nothing else, aluminum should always be recycled. It takes a heck of a lot of energy to make it new, but a fraction to make from recycled.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:00 PM   #24
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I think that you make a valid point.

When we lived in the country and had our own burn barrel it was probably better for the environment than going to the expense of building/buying a garbage truck, taking the trash to a landfill or recycling plant several miles away and concentrating the contamination.

I suppose the current system is better for city folks.
Yeah, I'd say burn barrels in every yard would not be a viable solution here in the burbs of Dallas.

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Old 02-25-2018, 06:22 PM   #25
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Our reply would have to be "never" because I couldn't tell you the last time we purchased paper plates.

Our paper consumption is next to nothing, except for toilet paper.

No paper napkins because cloth napkins have been part of our table since the children were babies...'60s. Almost no paper towel use either. I usually buy a "block" of paper towels from Sam's Club once a year. That's all we need.

I'd really have to look for some paper plates if asked to present same.
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Depends on the occasion.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:07 PM   #27
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Most of our paper waste comes from the daily junk mail we receive.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:29 PM   #28
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We use them for larger parties, especially if there'll be a lot of kids. Not for the special holiday parties with just family, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but when we have summer bbqs, or my son's team's meetings and parties.

So I voted "sometimes".

And yes, they get recycled. I still beat my neighbors every week by putting out 2 full garbage cans of recyclables, while they sometimes don't put out anything at all. I'm hoping to shame them into saving the planet, lol.
We don't get recycle pickup. We have to take it down to the bins ourselves at the Town Hall 4 blocks up the street (speaking of which we are due for a run this week). Here they do steel and aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jars, cardboard, and paper. All have to be placed in separate bins. They do not do glass.

We try to be as good as we can about it, but we aren't obsessive. At least the fact that they only pick up the roll-off bins once a week cuts down on the carbon footprint from what it would be if they did home pickup.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:06 PM   #29
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I'm assuming the question refers to using them at home. Although I have used them (I mean, obviously, I think everyone has used paper plates at some point), I voted "never" because I don't use them around the house. The last time I bought any was for a cookout at a park. That was maybe two years ago, and I still have the leftovers sitting in the cupboard.
I am the "Keeper of the Family Paper stash" I get to haul it to all gatherings, someone always brings more, "in case we run out". When it over fills the tote I have it in I'm going to start making limits.
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We don't get recycle pickup. We have to take it down to the bins ourselves at the Town Hall 4 blocks up the street (speaking of which we are due for a run this week). Here they do steel and aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jars, cardboard, and paper. All have to be placed in separate bins. They do not do glass.

We try to be as good as we can about it, but we aren't obsessive. At least the fact that they only pick up the roll-off bins once a week cuts down on the carbon footprint from what it would be if they did home pickup.
We have separate trash and recycling carts. Black for trash, and blue for recycling. The trucks have a giant arm and claw that grabs them, and dumps them into the truck.

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