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yesterday while talking with the janitor at the end of the day, i happened to notice the huge quantities of lunch-related trash in her huge wheeled bucket -- styrofoam containers, plastic trays, brown paper packets, plastic cutlery...the collective carryout packaging of 50 people that sit on this floor. What a waste, considering that just a generation or two ago, most people ate at diners where perhaps the only waste was food and its trimmings. Hence I try to bring my own lunch, but oftentimes its not possible..anyone have similar feelings about carryout packaging ?

-- Anonymous, February 27, 2001


I don't know--my impression is that the opposite is happening, at least in the U.S. I know that overall, Americans eat far more meals in restaurants now than ever before, although I don't know how that applies to lunch specifically. But I think more people are now eating out rather than bringing their lunches from home.

Also, there has definitely been a huge change here in the last 10-15 years with respect to awareness about recycling and using reuable containers.

-- Anonymous, February 28, 2001

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