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  1. #1 Costco to dump $2.6m of peanut butter in New Mexico landfill 
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    So, Costco plans to dump 50,000 pounds (over 100 million calories) of peanut butter in New Mexico landfill, and there's no environmental impact/hazard to either the land or adjacent waterways? How much vegetable oil is in there? All those readily-digestible calories waiting to be munched up by bacteria or small animals? It will certainly attract animals.

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    25 tons is only half a truck full.
    If it is in jars the plastic and cardboard is a bigger problem than the peanutbutter is.

    I suspect the numbers in this story are screwed up.


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    Could they not use it as some kind of fertilizer instead?
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    Okay, I work with peanut butter and the math here is completely screwed up.

    The smallest size we carry is 500 ml or over one pound. If you have 950,000 jars, you will have a minimum of 950,000 pounds or 275 tons of peanut butter, which better fits the number of truckloads they are speaking to in the article.

    So instead of selling or donating the peanut butter, with a value estimated at $2.6m, the estate is paying about $60,000 to transport 950,000 jars or about 25 tons to the Curry County landfill in Clovis, where public works director Clint Bunch says it "will go in with our regular waste and covered with dirt".

    The last of 58 truckloads was expected Friday, he said.

    Sunland made peanut butter under a number of different labels for retailers like Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe's, along with products under its own name. But the plant was shut down in September 2012 after its products were linked to 41 salmonella cases in 20 states.

    It later reopened for about five months, but shut down last October after the company's Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.
    The article also said that the product was leaking peanut oil and at a guess I would say it must likely be dated or close to. We seldom get peanut product in with over a year of shelf life. I'm not really sure what kind of a challenge it will be for a landfill but then again, they somehow dispose of huge amounts of used deep fryer oil etc.
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    Yeah, $2M for 50K lbs sounded like crazy expensive PB ($50/lb), and they mentioned ~60 truck loads (but how much is a truck load?).

    I can't find it now, but I heard long ago that if PB gets above ~85F, there's an increased risk of something growing in it, and this dump is in New Mexico. Maybe it'll kill all the vermin in the dump.

    I think it's not peanut oil because I've ground peanuts, and it results in a powder, so I'm thinking it's a vegetable oil.
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    I dislike wasting food. It seems like they could feed it to animals: wild, zoo or farm animals.
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    I don't see how it's an environmental hazard, other than attracting vermin.
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    Good place for it, it is all just squirrel poop anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucknorium View Post
    I dislike wasting food. It seems like they could feed it to animals: wild, zoo or farm animals.
    True, or send it to some famine area. Peanut butter is a high energy and high fat (the good fats) food anyhow.
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    The problem is if the pb is rancid or contaminated, you've just sickened thousands that cant survive being sick.

    Its not good to make suggestions without knowing the full details
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