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How Should I Dispose of My Clementine Crates?

This week's You Ask...Patch Answers column is focused on how to dispose of those little crates that hold your clementines.

Each week, we set out to answer question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column.

This week's question came from our very own Associate Regional Editor Chris Helms, who recently moved to Salem and has been having some trouble getting rid of a pesky clementine crate.

He asked: For two weeks running I've tried to get the city to pick up this orange crate. One week in recycling, the next in trash. It was left behind both times. I also saw another orange crate on my street that was not picked up. Does the city not pick these up?


According to the City's of Salem's Office of Engineering representative Cheryl Cripps, clementine crates like the one pictured above are not recyclable and should be disposed of in the "solid trash."

North Side Carting confirmed that the crates were non-recyclable a couple months ago, she said.

Have you had trouble with getting rid of certain household products? Is there something you think you may be disposing of improperly?

Let us know in the comments section below.

If you have a question, no matter how strange it may seem, send it to us and we will try to track down an answer.

Mike Lash January 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I use them as plant flats for the spring seedlings. Better than plastic. Degradeable and strong.just stop looking at the box as trash and repurpose that nice wood box.
DanielV January 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Great Idea Mike, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle!
Cwheels January 23, 2013 at 08:32 PM
You may have put wood in your recycle bin and the wood may have been over looked by the collector but the wood was never recycled, It was sorted out at the recycle center. The only thing you have done with your clementine crates is contribute to the need for an additional diesel guzzling truck to be on the road, the one that takes non-recyclables out of the recycle center
Chris Helms (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Thanks, Mike, that's a great idea. I'll take it as a message from the city of Salem to repurpose that crate!
Joeli Gewirtz January 24, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I don't know why wood can't be recycled...I'm sure there are plenty of people who need wood.
Nelson Dionne May 16, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I take them apart & use them in my woodworking projects. The corner braces are the right size to reinforce many items., the sides are good shim stock.


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