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Jan 27, 2013 10:55 AM

Ziploc/Glad Containers: Am I expected to return or toss?

Had the flu recently, and friends dropped off some food. In the cheaper ziploc or glad plastic containers, not the more expensive Rubbermaid containers. Really appreciate the gesture, but here's my dilemma: should I

1) keep track of who brought which containers, and return them to the rightful owners,

2) toss them, or

3) buy a new set for each friend, so that they are not short of containers?

What would you do?

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  1. Why don't you ask them?

    1. Toss them or reuse them yourself. I thought the whole point of their existence was that you didn't have to worry about retrieving them or giving them back.

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      1. re: Allieroseww

        Same here. I never expect them back so it wouldn't occur to me to ask someone else if they wanted them back.

        1. re: Allieroseww

          Agreed. I use them in giving people food and let them know something along the lines of "oh, and the containers are just the cheapies, I don't need it returned."

        2. Tossing them seems wasteful. If you aren't keeping them give them back. I would give them back anyway and let them have the chance to say that they are for you to keep.

          If you then keep them, you can toss but I would mention to your friend that you won't use th and it gives them a chance to save t from the landfill. If you have extra space you can store for the next time you take food to someone and then make a point to say that the container is for them to keep as well.

            1. friends who are close enough (or just plain nice enough) are close enough to ask!

              That said what I would do is return them full of something. When I was out for a while and friends did the same I made a huge batch of oatmeal choc. chip cookies and filled the containers with them before returning. I figured it was a nice way to say thank you.

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              1. re: foodieX2

                fX2 - if one is returning that is nice.

                I wouldn't stress over it, but I also wouldn't toss. use it for lunches until it cracks, and then toss (or snap it further and use at the bottom of potted plants for drainage instead of gravel or just recycle - most urban areas allow that grade of plastic)

                1. re: foodieX2

                  I think this is the best response and very kind. When you are well enough, make a big batch of something giveable, like cookies or something else you like to make, and gift back for their kindness.

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    And FX2 wll get many loving neighbors for keeps. It pays to be thoughtful right back.

                    Incidentally, You can make those ziplock containers into spaetzle makers. or mini sieves. Yep. I am a cheapo.

                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      wow, I can see how ya could take two and turn them into a spaetzle press (or all sorts of soft dough purposes).

                      1. re: hill food

                        LOL. Ya know I had not thought of making a press with another one. Thank you HF. I get half way there pretty regularly. I use an offset spatula. another bin would be much easier.

                        I drilled holes in the bottom (which was very exciting) then filed the bottom all pretty like.

                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                          any forum is about the cross-pollination. I'm filing away your idea for future use.

                    2. re: foodieX2

                      That's a great suggestion. I'm definitely stowing that one away for future use.