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Will it recycle?

March 14th, 2012 · 49 comments

Kristen in San Francisco says the copy room is ground zero for office arguments, such as this battle of the “enviro people.”

"Enviro People: Paper wrappers are NOT Recyclable. -Mother Earth" "Really Ma?" "Please Don't Waste Paper for Unnecessary Signage"
















Meanwhile, Ryan in Minneapolis says his building manager left the following note on the mailbox, apparently “after a vagrant left a little ‘present’ in the recycling bin.” Adds Ryan: “Why he thought anyone in the apartment house would do such a thing is beyond any of us.”


related: Hair is not recyclable!


FILED UNDER: Minneapolis/St. Paul · rebuttals · recycling · San Francisco · shit · The Earth

49 responses so far ↓

  • #1   divawriter

    And please do not waste paper on unnecessary signs telling people not to waste paper making unnecessary signs.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #2   procrastinating

    Actually the wrappers are coated with some sort of wax that makes them unrecyclable, but the ream of paper that’s in the wrapper is recyclable, which is likely what the recycle symbol on the wrapper is for. At least, that’s what I was told.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Cheryl Pallas

      Actually the ream wrappers of copy paper made by Boise (like the one pictured) are recycleable because Boise doesn’t use the wax/poly coating other mills do.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Canthz_B bang

      We call that chocolate
      and caramel.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 1:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   QBALL

    We have this quirky lady who shreds paper wrappers, she fishes through the bins and finds all the bits and then runs them through a shredder she totes behind her on a trolley. People are freakin weird man

    Mar 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Spooky

      That’s no lady; that’s Dwight Schrute.

      He’s also responsible for the following strike thru text.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #4   Beatus Mongous

    I’m sure there’s a way to recycle them.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Lil'

      The recycling company that takes our stuff called and asked us to stop putting them in the bin because they are not recyclable. It would seem a paper company would come up with a better solution.

      Mar 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   DuffPaddy bang

      Has a strikethrough tag somehow been added onto the end of your post, Beatus?

      Mar 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Mister Fixit

      I’m not sure why your html-meddling can’t be countered, Beatus. Even with the odd setup you’ve created, it should be closeable…

      Mar 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   Renee


      Looking at the HTML of this page there is an appropriate closing strike tag. Curiouser and Curiouser.

      This is what happens when people make use of deprecated tags rather then using HTML.

      For people who were trying to end the tag I’m not sure if you’d be able to – it’s nested within a div – I guess it depends on how the page renders.

      Pretend the following has the <'s

      p class="comment_info"
      Mar 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm   rating:
      span id="karma-408934"3/span
      span id="up-408934" onclick="javascript:karma('408934', 'add', '', 'wp_');" style="cursor: pointer;"

      Mar 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   Nony

      This is too funny. I wonder if Beatus did this intentionally…

      Mar 16, 2012 at 12:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   bookworm

    Team “Please recycle your ‘c’.”

    Mar 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #6   Captain Hampton

    I am firmly on the side of Team Defecate in the Recycling Bins.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Nocturnesthesia

      I’m holding out hope that it was a raccoon or cat, but I should know not to have so much faith in humanity at this point.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #7   Cake

    Am I the only one that realized that the only person that wasted paper on signage was the one that asked people not to waste paper on signage? Clearly the two notes before his are written on bits of the paper wrappers and packaging. Team Recycle All the Things.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   jUStPunkin

      Nope, I was thinking exactly the same thing.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 11:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Lady in a Smalltown

      Me too. Only reason I clicked through from my news reader.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   divawriter

      No, I said that exact same thing in the first post on this thread.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 8:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Cake

      The way you phrased it made it sound like he was wasting additional paper, but yes I did read that and thumb you first thing.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   infanttyrone

    Why some apartment dwellers get faster toilet repairs

    There was a young man from Nantucket
    Who knew how to poop in a bucket
    Based on his upbringing
    Instead of handwringing
    The manager promptly unstuck it.

    Mar 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #9   Zorin

    You’d think they could FIND a way to recycle them. I say toss the wrappers in. We do. It’s their problem if they can’t figure out how to recycle it. Think of it as motivation!

    Mar 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Burrito Bongo

      I often clog up the toilet at work so that the people at Lean Cuisine will add more fiber to their meals. I’m pretty sure my coworkers agree that it helps motivate the Nestlé board of directors to solve that particular problem.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Lil'

      If there’s not enough fiber in your meals, your pipes would be clogged, not the toilet’s.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #10   Mister Fixit

    what is this i dont even

    Mar 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Nony

    Someone pulled a fast one. lol

    Mar 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #12   Seanette

    Is anyone else seeing a large percentage of the text on this page with a line through it, or is Chrome going mental?

    Mar 15, 2012 at 3:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Pxmidnight

      All the posts, from 4.1 on (and the dateline from 4), have a line through them… and I’m not using Chrome.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 3:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Captain Hampton

      Testing a fix now…

      Mar 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   The Elf

      It didn’t work.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 7:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   Saturday Lizard

    Hmm maybe different companies have different wrappers , ours can be recycled and are made from recycled paper. Not easy to tell but that wrapper looks the same as its has both marks and the ringed one does say please recycle under the symbol.

    Mar 15, 2012 at 7:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   The Elf

    Someone disturbed enough to defecate in a garbage can or recycle bin probably won’t be deterred by a sign.

    Mar 15, 2012 at 7:43 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   infanttyrone

      And using “defecate” lowers the odds of such a sign even being comprehended.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #15   Redheadwglasses

    Weird, everyone’s posts are showing up as strike-through text.

    Mar 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   FeRD bang

      *sigh* This is why we can never have nice things on the Internet.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   The Elf

      This strike through is driving me to a level of rage typically reserved for Comic Sans.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   DuffPaddy bang

      Tsk, tsk! Don’t cross out your posts, people: delete them properly and the bytes can be recycled.

      Mar 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #16   Courtney

    Why does everybody always have to shit all over everything? :-(

    Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   n


      Mar 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #17   Madrias

    Well, gotta admit that this is amusing.

    As for the signs complaining about wasting paper, use ‘em as toilet paper. Tis recycling, is it not?

    Mar 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   Lobalt

    Anyone notice that the strikethrough is not just the posts? Everything on the page below 4.1 is sticken through, i.e. the footer text, the “Blog Roll”, etc.

    Mar 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   kermit

    Oh noes, the Internet is revolting!

    It must be the bad karma from posting this note because all the other posts display correctly.

    Mar 16, 2012 at 12:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   infanttyrone


    Mar 16, 2012 at 12:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    Since poop is perfectly biodegradable, a recycle bin is the perfect place for it….even in the elitist tenant thinks it must have been deposited by a vagrant.

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Dewprisms

      But biodegradable objects go in the compost or trash. Recycling is… recycled.

      Mar 16, 2012 at 8:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   Canthz_B bang

      Quite literal, aren’t we? ;-)

      Mar 17, 2012 at 2:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #21.3   DrChalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Dewprisms is technically correct; the best kind of correct.

      Mar 19, 2012 at 7:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    There’s pretty much nothing in the world that isn’t recyclable (nuclear waste included). The only question is how easy it is to recycle, and whether your average municipal recycling centre has the necessary equipment and whether there is sufficient political will to invest in recycling.

    Mar 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   bob loblaw

    Is it ok if I take a dump in the bins and then wipe my arse with recycled toilet paper?

    Mar 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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