Call it urban legend or misinformation, but there are a number of commonly held myths that contribute to the loss of milk crates. Here are a few. E-mail us
the ones you are hearing in your community.
The plastic milk crates outside the local supermarket or convenience store are no longer wanted or are abandoned.
They are ready to be picked up by milk delivery drivers when they bring the next delivery. It is closed loop system that is environmentally friendly when not disrupted.
There's no harm if I take a milk crate to for personal use.
You, your neighbors, the environment and businesses are harmed. To make a new crate to replace the one you borrowed requires nearly four pounds of plastic resin to be created, molded and shipped; which produces green house gases. In addition, it adds costs to dairy production which contribute to the price paid for dairy products.
Reselling a plastic milk crate to a recycler is not a crime.
Milk crates branded with the name of a dairy company belong to that company. Valued at about $4 each, it does not take long before a batch of stolen milk crates become grand larceny (typically, depending on your state/local laws, $200 to $1,000 or more)