It took me years–and the savage death of like 25 non-stick cookie sheets–to discover the merits of aluminum foil. But now that I live in one of those West Coast “zero waste” cities–where the only things you really can’t recycle are styrofoam and heavily soiled unclassified plastic packaging–I just don’t know how to pitch my used Reynolds Wrap.
I hear they make recycled aluminum foil, or something like that, but that’s not my question. What do I do, once I’ve lined my awesome little Chicago Metallic baking pan with foil, broiled two nice pieces of fish under a 550º gas flame for 8 minutes, then removed the fish from the foil? If you say “Scrub it down, fold it neatly, stick it in a drawer and use it next time,” I seriously will have to hate you. I can’t help it. The whole point of the foil is that it comes off quickly, slides happily into the trash can, and leaves me with a totally clean Chicago Metallic pan that I just stick back in the cupboard. I will groove to a great deal of the 3R vibe, but I’m not reusing gift wrap, and I’m not reusing foil.
I would go so far as rinsing and recycling it. In fact, I pledge to try. (Would be nicer if I could dump it, food bits and all, into the increasingly misnamed “yard waste” bin, but I know metals don’t go in there.) Still, the city policy ambiguously covers “aluminum foil pie pans”–well, let me show you:
As you can see, not only is it unclear if aluminum foil is even covered, but they say yes then give two caveats that not only contradict each other, but the original “yes” as well. Thank you very f’ing much. That helped me not at all. So, screw the city code, what do you do?