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« on: February 07, 2006 08:26:54 PM »

Not sure if someone has discussed this before, but just FYI.....

Those yucky meat trays that come under chicken and ground beef? The ones that take FOREVER to decompose.....?

Archaeologists want 'em!!

I used to work for the archaeology staff at Monticello, and after artifacts are cleaned and labeled, they have to be stored SOMEWHERE. Cardboard breaks down quickly, so the material of choice is old foam trays. Since you'll be storing something well, FOREVER, we used to put small artifacts on the trays, wrap it in plastic wrap, and stack those in boxes for all posterity in the museum. We NEVER had enough to them.

If you have them, wash them off with soap and water, dry them, save them in a box, and mail them or give them to any local university or museum that has an archaeology department. We used to get boxes of them in the mail at Monticello, addressed to the museum "attn: archaeology department".

Just FYI!!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2006 08:22:20 AM »

Good to know!  What about styrofoam from take out?  Also, I'm sure that the craftsters on here would love that university address, if it wouldn't be any trouble.  (I'm sure that others would want to give to their local colleges or state, but I'm actually in CA).  I'd love to save those trays from the dump!
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2006 04:34:08 PM »

That's an awesome Idea. I use them for painting trays.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2006 04:38:52 PM »

Rather than paying for postage to mail, look around in your local area first for colleges or universities with archaeology programs. Give the local university a call, ask if they have an archaeology department, and ask anyone there is they ever need donations of foam trays to store artifacts in. I live in Virginia, so there are TONS of historical museums doing excavation--all those colonial president's homes and Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc.  If you live in an area shy of museums, here's tha mailing address for Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia:)

Monticello Archaeology Department
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Last time I was in touch, they were still excavating and could still use them.

Make sure you put archaeology on the box....otherwise, some tour guide will open up the box and think "what the Sam Hill is this?Huh
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2006 03:16:22 AM »

thanks for the tip...must check local schools.  I don't eat meat too often, but I hate throwing things away.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 05:29:19 AM »

in 5th grade we all had to bring one of those trays in for art class to make block prints.  i can't remember too clearly but we sort of carved a picture into the tray w/ a dull pencil, rolled paint over the design and pressed in onto a piece of paper.  i've been saving mine (as well as those styrofoam bins mushrooms come in) planning to make something lke that.  I"ve been using them as paint trays too for potato stamps.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006 03:27:38 PM »

I just attended a weatherization workshop and one of their "cheap tricks" is to use the styrofoam to make insulation for the electric plugs and switches on outside walls (inside the house): just unscrew the cover, eyeball the layout (4 switches, 2 plugs,whatever - cut the styrofoam to fit, tuck it in over the nekked plug/switch, screw the cover back in, and voila! No drafts. I was skeptical until I tried it and now I'm a convert (NOT a convict, however....).

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2006 12:48:57 PM »

((dharmagirl! we meet again! the Advocates' meeting sounded like a henhouse when I opened the beany baby box! They just could not believe that you sent them for us!))  {{{{{{HUGS!}}}}}}}
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2006 05:05:50 PM »

Thanks for posting this - it's really god to know. I'll pass it on to my carnivorous family!
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2006 05:38:06 PM »

my grandpa's live in girlfriend (of 20 years) used to always take them and make cats or flowers or bunnies.  they were actually really cute (she'd cut a shape out, then pen on eyes and whatever).  she'd tie them with a bit of raffia (maybe?) and a bit of a bright newspaper bag and use them as tags on gifts. then we'd always end up using them as christmas ornaments.  i don't have any nearby (it not being at all close to xmas) so i can't really give a good description, sorry!
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