We here in the Northwest are sort of obsessive about the environment. We like to recycle everything. So I was confronted by a dilemma the other day. I was cleaning stuff out of the fridge and found some hummus that was past its use date. Because the container it was in was recyclable, I did what I usually do: scoop the overdue hummus in the garbage and then rinse out the container before putting it in the recycle bin. Hummus is sort of sticky, so I had to use quite a bit of hot water to rinse it out.
So here is the question, I would love to hear you weigh in with your answer: Would it have been better to toss the hummus and its container in the garbage and therefore conserve on water and the natural gas to heat the water?. Or do what I did, expend the water to clean out the container so it could be recycled?