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(CNN)   If you have a bunch of used Diablo and Fire Sauce packets, Taco Bell would like a word with you   (cnn.com) divider line
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2021-09-09 11:13:32 AM  
"Reuse" is not a word that applies to food.

Second dumb thought: do I want to be handed sauce packets that have been living God-knows-where-for-how-long? No.
 
2021-09-09 11:17:38 AM  
Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.
 
2021-09-09 11:37:23 AM  
Subby failed at reading: The fast food chain is rolling out a nationwide pilot program for customers to send used sauce packets back through the mail.
 
2021-09-09 11:53:11 AM  
Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?
 
2021-09-09 1:10:03 PM  
I found out yesterday that four ketchup packets are not enough for a large order of fries.
 
2021-09-09 1:10:42 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?


Oh yeah. I'm pretty sure just mailing them in uses significantly more energy; never mind the actual recycling process.
 
2021-09-09 1:12:04 PM  

markie_farkie: Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.


I wind up with the opposite problem where you get like 3 or 4 packets for the whole order. Any time I get extra I squirrel them away for those times I only get a couple.
 
2021-09-09 1:17:28 PM  

olrasputin: NewportBarGuy: Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?

Oh yeah. I'm pretty sure just mailing them in uses significantly more energy; never mind the actual recycling process.


How long before we reach the point that expending extra energy to recycle things is preferable to making new ones and piling the old ones in landfills? I keep crossing my fingers for a clean energy revolution that will make the answer obvious, but I know we're not there yet.
 
2021-09-09 1:20:33 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?


but it uses less energy than crawling around a landfill or ocean and picking them out by hand
 
2021-09-09 1:25:12 PM  

Anoria: olrasputin: NewportBarGuy: Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?

Oh yeah. I'm pretty sure just mailing them in uses significantly more energy; never mind the actual recycling process.

How long before we reach the point that expending extra energy to recycle things is preferable to making new ones and piling the old ones in landfills? I keep crossing my fingers for a clean energy revolution that will make the answer obvious, but I know we're not there yet.


Gonna go out on a limb and say "once the majority of our species's energy isn't generated in a way that's contributing to a process that's wreaking havoc on the planet and threatening an unprecedented disruption in our global community."
 
2021-09-09 1:26:38 PM  
Nespresso does this with it's capsules.  They give you a bag with UPS postage, you fill 'em up, and when full* seal and send.


/they're easy to over-fill, and then they won't fit into a simple UPS drop box, so be forewarned.

theteacher: Subby failed at reading: The fast food chain is rolling out a nationwide pilot program for customers to send used sauce packets back through the mail.


Subbs was smart and figured no one would actually RTFA.  Good on Subbs!

olrasputin:
NewportBarGuy: Doesn't this entire process use more energy than just throwing them away?

Oh yeah. I'm pretty sure just mailing them in uses significantly more energy; never mind the actual recycling process.


Pffft energy is cheap.  Just burn more coal!
 
2021-09-09 1:27:36 PM  
yeah, uh, no
I'm not eating anywhere they loan out PC for returns and reuse.
 
2021-09-09 1:33:02 PM  

markie_farkie: Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.


I still use ALL the left over sauces
 
2021-09-09 2:16:58 PM  
About 710 million metric tons of plastic will pollute the environment by 2040 if action isn't taken, according to a study published in "Science."

What does plastic have to do with these packets that are aluminum?
People should recycle. Sorting is up to the recycling company. Upgrade their standards if they are not being processed properly.
 
2021-09-09 2:39:30 PM  
Moot point, I'm not setting foot in tb again until they bring back the enchirito.  No enchirito, no patronage.
 
2021-09-09 3:01:41 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: markie_farkie: Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.

I still use ALL the left over sauces


right? leftover sauces ain't exactly a problem 'round-hyeah. esp. now that places started using that SIMPLY-branded ketchup, which once again went back to non-HFCS/non-overtly-chemical ingredients.

and not that I been to a Taco Hell in ages-beyond-ages, but the "extra" packets of hot sauce? duh and/or hello, you just shoot those straight into your mouth. some of the varieties they make are actually pretty good.

I still even do that with the WaWa "cowboy sauce" which tbh is... less-good than Taco Bell?

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2021-09-09 3:06:58 PM  

markie_farkie: It's their problem to own and fix.


also 1700% ^^^this. more astute farkminds than me, have already codified in other threads better than I every could, but - yeah, more than a few other countries already put the burden of recycling and such on the mfgr, not the consumer. trying to couch it as an us-problem is simply externalizing/covering what is truly a them-problem.

like the whole, "oh you gots to plz plz halp recycle da plastics 'cos Tex-ass size plastic rafts out in the Pacific!!1!112!" turns out to be, yeahno, 70-90% of that is corporate waste, and not so much what us plebeians generate.

/I mean, I still recycle, assiduously-even
//but fark that noise
///disingenuous jackwagons
 
2021-09-09 3:15:43 PM  

markie_farkie: Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.


Guess it depends. The last three times we went through a drive-through, they didn't ask and we didn't get any sauce. I've always preferred going in, so I can get the mix of sauces I like.    Haven't been there in a long time. ENCHIRITO OR GTFO. They also discontinued my wife's favorite dessert.
 
2021-09-09 5:08:59 PM  

tintar: drjekel_mrhyde: markie_farkie: Here's a thought.

Train your employees to ask how many packets customers want, and only put that many in the bag.

Usually if I get Taco Bell stuff they ask if you want hot sauce and toss a fistful of packets in the bag.  Like 20 for 2 tacos.

It's their problem to own and fix.

I still use ALL the left over sauces

right? leftover sauces ain't exactly a problem 'round-hyeah. esp. now that places started using that SIMPLY-branded ketchup, which once again went back to non-HFCS/non-overtly-chemical ingredients.

and not that I been to a Taco Hell in ages-beyond-ages, but the "extra" packets of hot sauce? duh and/or hello, you just shoot those straight into your mouth. some of the varieties they make are actually pretty good.

I still even do that with the WaWa "cowboy sauce" which tbh is... less-good than Taco Bell?

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2021-09-09 6:15:02 PM  
Make the packets bigger. It would be so exciting to find bigger sauce packets in your bag.
 
2021-09-09 7:06:55 PM  
That's not hot sauce.Make your own.
 
2021-09-09 8:57:08 PM  
Ew.
 
2021-09-09 9:06:34 PM  

ocelot: That's not hot sauce.Make your own.


Man, that's not the hill to die on in a thread that revolves around eating at Taco Bell.

I suppose you could be a brutally honest dick about it and go with "That's not real Tex-Mex. Make your own."

But there's always a matter of time spent versus reward, and lots of people don't live anywhere near a part of the country where you can get good Tex-Mex at a restaurant.

Taco Bell, on the other hand, knows exactly what it is, serves its purpose reasonably effectively, and offers some degree of consistency. It sure the hell beats (this 100% happened to me) getting dragged by in-laws to a "Tex-Mex" joint in New Jersey where the red sauce on their bland beef enchiladas is literally indistinguishable from marinara.

Now, does anything in this thread affect me personally? fark no, I live in Texas. If I want to be lazy about Tex-Mex, I can drive about a mile down the road and spend $7 for 4 street tacos (usually 2x al pastor and 2x barbacoa), a bag of cabbage slaw, and a to-go sauce tub filled with homemade arbol sauce.
 
2021-09-09 9:22:12 PM  
We got so many take-out soy sauce packets, last year I was passing them out with Halloween candy.

/The "trick" in trick-or-treat
 
2021-09-10 12:10:47 AM  
^^^ Yes! Save up all the packets from everywhere and save big on Halloween candy!

I've been saying this for years but does anyone listen to me? No. Well don't blame me when the worst happens.
 
2021-09-10 12:15:22 PM  

Fursecution: We got so many take-out soy sauce packets, last year I was passing them out with Halloween candy.

/The "trick" in trick-or-treat


Porous Horace: ^^^ Yes! Save up all the packets from everywhere and save big on Halloween candy!

I've been saying this for years but does anyone listen to me? No. Well don't blame me when the worst happens.


zommfg! the both of you win a +1 intarwebs, each, from me!

we've got a ginormous tin (like those Danish butter cookie ones or summat) so full of the various things that we'd even had to start 1 then 2 overflow bags lol. last year when we were ordering Seamless about 3 times a week, literally not one of the restaurants ever respected the whole, "please no utensils/napkins/condiments" thing, so yeah it got seriously-bad 'round-hyeah. (don't worry, I constantly weed out the ones that start to look funky)

seriously, what kid doesn't want Chinese hot mustard and/or duck-sawse mixed in with their pre-made goodie bag of mostly-actual-candy?

and best of all? this year we've planned a trip for Hallowe'en weekend to $mai_waifu's brother's family in a Boston suburb, so it will make all their neighbors think they are super-weird. I love it!!!
 
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