CONSUMER ALERT: do not mix your food container lids. A yogurt container lid is NOT same as a margarine container lid, even if they look same. How do I know this? Well, here is my story.
We live in a very hoity-toity county. Sure, it might look like just farm country. A lot of houses might seem a little worse for wear. But we are very picky about what plastic we recycle. We recycle only those numbered 1 and 2.
In case you did not know, your plastics are numbered. On bottom of most containers, there is a number, usually from 1 to 5. I suppose 1 is best, since anything with a number of 3 or more just is not high-class enough for us to recycle.
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. My overactive curiosity got better of me and I emptied fridge to try to figure out this plastic numbering thing. What else does one do in middle of night when his newborn doesn't want to sleep?
My wife came down to kitchen. "What on earth are you doing?"
"Just snacking," I replied.
She scanned table, covered with yogurt, hand cream, cream cheese, plum sauce, juice, shampoo, and an empty ice cream bucket. "OK, I'm not actually eating any of these," I admitted. "I'm looking for numbers on bottom to see which of these containers is high-class enough for us to recycle."
"You are NOT recycling our brand new tub of margarine," my wife declared. "And that juice jug is supposed to last us a few more years."
"Of course," I said in my most believable comforting tone. "It's just a curiosity thing”.
"Oh, one of those," my wife sighed.
"You see, both yogurt and margarine containers are made of PP."
"PP?" my wife asked.
"Yes, PP. Plastic number 5, also called Polypropylene."