Since we eat a lot of yogurt, and I have not been successful in getting myself to make my own, or to consistently buy the wonderful organic stuff in re-usable glass jars, we are usually overrun with 750 ml plastic yogurt containers. Given that I am a saver of stuff, and given that they are not recyclable here in Ottawa (update: I just found out they ARE recyclable here–thanks MomRedefined! Maybe just not in my apartment building? Or maybe I read an outdated flyer? Not sure, but this might solve my problem!), I tend to save these in a drawer in the kitchen for keeping leftovers in, etc.
However, I am quickly realizing that these yogurt containers are not the thrifty boon I often think they are, and the reason is clear: they are not. That is, you can’t see inside them! Even if I dig out a transparent lid, it is still pretty easy to ignore whatever is lurking inside. Whenever I keep a bit of soup or pasta sauce or what-have-you inside, it inevitably gets unearthed months later with blue and black mould, smelling something awful.
I’ve slowly been realizing that these containers are a black hole in my trying-not-to-waste-food universe. So is there any reason to keep them? Sometimes I get my grind-your-own peanut butter in them rather than pay the 45¢ for a new container each time (and you don’t even have to tell them “I brought the container from home”!). But what else can they be used for? A few random thoughts:
– single-use craft applications, like mixing paint or paste in
– hiding goodies I don’t want my toddler to see, like cookies. These won’t get wasted anyway 🙂
– picking berries, as long as berries aren’t stored in them
– avoid them in the first place (I know, I know!)
– save them to bring to Sudbury and recycle them there
Does anyone else have the same problem? What do you do about your opaque plastic containers?