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sblog
16-03-2013, 08:23 AM
Although they're not the best in the world by any stretch - but they are free!!

My Mmrs buys salads from Tesco and these plastic folding forks are in the lid under the label.

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They pack down small and theyre free - of sorts and they might be ok to use for a wayfayrer meal....

bigzee
16-03-2013, 08:52 AM
Yep! - been there, done that too. I have a couple of the short, broad, stubby sort of figure 8 shape ones too. They are less flimsy and are mostly used as a teaspoon in my cup brew kits.

I agree these things are too good useful for the bin. They'd probably mostly end up sitting in landfill for a coupla' thousand years!

CanadianMike
17-03-2013, 12:03 AM
Burn them, plastic is petroleum and has about 20,000BTUs per pound of plastic. Better to reduce it to whence it came from, than leave it laying around buried for future generations to find. :)

JonnyP
17-03-2013, 08:18 AM
Burn them, plastic is petroleum and has about 20,000BTUs per pound of plastic. Better to reduce it to whence it came from, than leave it laying around buried for future generations to find. :)

Fully agree.. I hate all the plastic stuff that is everywhere these days. If you want a free fork, do the bushcraft thing and go whittle yerself one..

f0rm4t
17-03-2013, 08:36 AM
However, if you whittling skills are non existent, the reuse or recycle of the spoon are better than binning mate, so your'e spot on! Well done.
Thanks for sharing!
T^

I'll stick to my titanium spork-for-life though.


...that I bent ;)
...joking

CanadianMike
18-03-2013, 01:11 AM
Well, continued use is preferable, but instead of leaving it, taking home to toss in recycle bin (we all know they are just the middle man to the dump anyways), just burn the plastic garbage. Some will decry that, but hey, can be helpful fr fire starting if needed.

f0rm4t
18-03-2013, 07:19 AM
(we all know they are just the middle man to the dump anyways)

It's interesting to hear this mate. I'm sure there are differing opinions, efforts and practices globally with regard to recycling and landfill.
England is very hot on recycling and in 2011/12, 43% of household waste was recycled nationally, which is a very healthy figure.
I know that my borough's recycling centre (they used to be called "the dump") are currently seeing 73% recycling success.

For for us in England, to recycle is always the best form of reuse for most materials.

What's the attitude, approach and success like in Canada Mike? Does government drive it hard or is it not really on the political radar? Perhaps population density is a key factor for a country's stance on it?
T^

Martin
18-03-2013, 11:02 AM
...For for us in England, to recycle is always the best form of reuse for most materials...

I'm afraid I'd have to disagree with that.

Recycling is almost the worst thing you can do except to throw it into landfill. The best thing to do is to not use it in the first place and the next best thing is to reuse it in its original form, e.g. using coffee jars to store coffee bought loose etc etc.

Recycling is an environmental nightmare when you consider the amount of resources used to turn it from one thing into another.

Remember:

Reduce
Reuse
Recycle
Refuse

Martin

f0rm4t
18-03-2013, 12:47 PM
I'm afraid I'd have to disagree with that.

Recycling is almost the worst thing you can do except to throw it into landfill. The best thing to do is to not use it in the first place and the next best thing is to reuse it in its original form, e.g. using coffee jars to store coffee bought loose etc etc.

Recycling is an environmental nightmare when you consider the amount of resources used to turn it from one thing into another.

Remember:

Reduce
Reuse
Recycle
Refuse

Martin

I like that. R4. ha!
You're quite right Martin. As I said in my post, above the one you commented on:


the reuse or recycle of the spoon are better than binning mate

In this case, as the fork comes as part of the package, Reduce is not available. Unless you argue the requirement of the pre-packaged salad, but then we'd just be contentious.

CanadianMike
18-03-2013, 01:22 PM
Recycling is pushed pretty heavy over here, depends on where though. In my area, it's heavily pushed, but it's largely politics and feel good measures over actual performance. And in some cases, in so far as the Green Bin program (food scraps and everything else like that), pure incompetance on the part of the city and they cover it up by reducing services without reducing taxes. They signed a 20 year contract with a local company to process food waste into fertilizer, and without even a study, decided to sign for collecting 80,000 tonnes per year at a cost of $20 million dollars. Problem is, the past three years they only have collected 55,000 tonnes, and most of that (about 30,000 tonnes) is yard waste (leaves, grass clippings), yet even if they only collected 1000 tonnes, we'd still be paying the same amount. In order to force residents to use the green bin, they cut garbage pick up to every two weeks, but for a reduction in service, taxes have yet to go down. First year of the program, my girlfriend tried it at her place, putting all scraps in the green bin, was a hot summer, and within a few months, found hundreds of maggots all over the floor in the garage, so after cleaning up, she refuses to use the green bin. Which is ok, cuz i use it for another form of recycling, I put my empty beer cans in it to take back to the store for recycling and get my deposit back. I believe recycling aluminum is one of the most important resources to recycle. recycling newpaper is actually more destructive to the environment than it's worth, and trees cut down for paper are replaced with more trees. Glass, depends, beer bottles are reused, so that in itself is a worthy cause. ;)

Here's a good watch, pardon the show title:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqyVmwcuvqQ

I re-use various things (boxes, packing paper, etc.) when I can find a use for it, and recycle more now just because my gf does it, but she knows it is borderline useless in our area.

OakAshandThorn
18-03-2013, 04:27 PM
Fully agree.. I hate all the plastic stuff that is everywhere these days. If you want a free fork, do the bushcraft thing and go whittle yerself one..
T^ I couldn't agree more ;).

BJ
18-03-2013, 07:54 PM
The thing now is producing fuel from refuse, They are even mining the land fill sites for paper/plastic/wood etc and shredding it to produce a refuse derived fuel.
Energy from waste. So I guess the old adage "where there's muck, there's brass" is still valid.

CanadianMike
18-03-2013, 08:48 PM
THAT is exactly what I fully support, but those against it are largely viewing the "burning" aspect of it, meaning they pretend to think black clouds of smoke all over cities, regardless of what facts you present to them, it doesn't matter because they have an opinion which trumps everything.

nilo52
19-03-2013, 11:55 PM
sblog,

Thanks for the post ! We don't have the shop here , but a great idea anyways.
Nilo