Do Not Recycle Plastic Packaging
At the supermarket, meat packaging cannot be recovered for recycling because of food contamination. Throw meat packaging in the trash.
Do Not Recycle Butcher Paper
Butcher paper is a paper coated in wax that cannot be recycled. If wax paper mixes into the recycling, the newly recycled paper is weakened and prone to holes, so is undesired.
Ways to Reduce
Visit the Meat Counter
Going to the meat counter at the supermarket is a little more eco-friendly than buying prepackaged meat. Meat counter workers often wrap meat in butcher paper, which reduces your plastic waste.
Store Leftovers in Reusable Containers
Another opportunity to reduce food-associated waste is in storing leftovers. Use Tupperware or a piece of butcher paper covered by a piece of tin foil, which are both reusable.