July 18, 2005

Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte Review Followup

Library - 6778-1-1 We just reviewed the new Wolfgang Puck Instant Hot Latte and had some outstanding questions about recycling the can and also how safe the cans were after using given the quicklime mixture used to heat the cans. We just got word that the cans are recyclable and the mixture is non hazardous and will not cause any concerns in landfills.

From David Cooper:

"We have just heard that our Self Heating container has received a recycling classification from the Department Of Conservation and the #7 and recycle logo will appear on all new labels. Until then the container is perfectly acceptable for disposal through normal channels.

As you know the container uses a mixture of quicklime and water. Quicklime is created by cooking limestone rocks. Limestone & quicklime are non toxic and non hazardous materials that occur naturally and will not cause any concerns in landfills."

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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 18, 2005 8:47 AM
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Thanks for finding that scott.. so what they're saying is that it can be recycled, but it's some of the most difficult to do.. i guess before the classification they could only be thrown away..

I'm not sure how much they'll be recycled with a 7 classification though.. most places you're lucky if they take 1's and 2's..

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at July 19, 2005 12:21 AM

I got this from a State run website...

1-PET: Polyethylene Terephthalate
Includes beverage bottles (like 2-liter pop bottles)
and some microwave food trays.

2-HDPE: High Density Polyethylene
Includes milk jugs, trash bags, detergent bottles,
bleach bottles, aspirin bottles.

3-V: Vinyl/Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Includes food wrap, vegetable oil bottles, and blister

4-LDPE: Low Density Polyethylene
Includes some grocery and department store shopping
bags, produce and bread bags, and food wrap.

5-PP: Polypropylene
Includes some yogurt containers, some shampoo
bottles, and some margarine tubs.

6-PS: Polystyrene
Includes hot beverage cups, clamshell containers for
take-out food, egg cartons, and meat trays.

Includes plastics other than the six most common, or
containers made of multiple layered resins or blends.
Includes water cooler bottles, snack bags, and
condiment bottles.

Posted by: Scott Brinson at July 18, 2005 3:13 PM

I've looked everywhere and can't find the scale. Anyone else?

Posted by: Jay Brewer at July 18, 2005 10:57 AM

ok, does anyone have a link to what those recycling classifications mean? I have a Nescafe Taster's Choice plastic container that has a rating of 7 on the bottom. It's all brown plastic and much thicker than that of clear bottled water plastic..

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at July 18, 2005 9:35 AM
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