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post #21 of 26
We usually use the foam ones for crafts, as well.

A farmer at the farmer's market takes the cardboard ones to reuse. You might want to check with a local farm to see if they're interested.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by thixle View Post
OT- I'm extremely lucky that my recycle guy will take styrofam egg cartons, because I can't get WIC approved eggs in cardboard. We were just talking about it-because i wanted paper ones to start seeds with.

I thought styrofoam couldn't be recycled? Do you think he just throws it away?

Or maybe he's some really cool artist and makes awsome colages or sculptures using them!

The paper egg cartons can be used to start seeds, can be filled with dryer lint and used as fire starters for your fireplace or can be shredded up and put in the compost pile. I'm also sure if you take them to a farmer's market they can be reused.
post #23 of 26
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Or maybe he's some really cool artist and makes awsome colages or sculptures using them!
He is! He was one of my art professors in college. He was also one of the local elementary art teachers up until last year. Then he quit teaching to be a full time recycling guy and artist... So he donates some of it to the elementary schools, some of it is going for his parade float, some is going for these huge 3-D fiber-and-trash murals. Very much into the "re-use" aspect of the 3 Rs... he also gives free pick-up to schools and churches, so most of the stuff he "donates" ends up back in his truck for recycling later.

As to it being recyclable, the #6 is recycleable, but few places take it. I believe he only makes that trip once or twice a year to haul it off. I'll have to ask him. Dh is his "web-designer" so we should be getting pictures of the different places he takes everything to very soon. I'l be happy to post the link once it's up.
post #24 of 26
Oh my goodness!!! That's too funny!!!
post #25 of 26
Egg cartons are great for filling space in a box when you're packing something fragile (or just in a too-big box) for storage or mailing.

Thixle: Cling-wrap is often made from PVC, the most dangerous plastic.
post #26 of 26
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I thought styrofoam couldn't be recycled? Do you think he just throws it away?
They are polystyrene and marked with a #6 recycling symbol. Some places recycle them but not mine. There is actually a place where you can mail polystyrene for recycling (not so crazy since it is so light) but they don't take egg cartons or meat trays, presumably for bacteria concerns.

I just managed to freecycle three kitchen sized bags full of stacked egg cartons! My brother was going to build a sound booth with them.
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