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Taco Bell Is Making This Big Move With Its Sauce Packets

Enjoying Taco Bell's Fire sauce just got better for the planet.
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Dousing your favorite Taco Bell order with obscene amounts of Fire sauce may still be a questionable choice for your digestion, but it no longer has to be one for the planet. The beloved chain has announced a new partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle on a nationwide recycling pilot program of their single-use sauce packets.

According to a press release, about 8.2 billion packets of Taco Bell sauce are used in the United States each year. Unfortunately, those little plastic sachets are currently single-use and not recyclable, which means they end up in landfills. In fact, the fast-food industry as a whole doesn't have a good solution for recycling condiment packets, which are made of flexible film packaging.

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Enter TerraCycle, a company renowned for collecting traditionally non-recyclable materials to make new recycled products. Thanks to this partnership, your Taco Bell hot sauce packet could soon go on to have a second life as outdoor furniture, a plastic shipping pallet, storage container, flooring tile, or material used at playgrounds and athletic fields, according to Nation's Restaurant News.

While all the details are not yet available, Taco Bell will need customer participation for this program to work, but the company promises that it will be simple and will require shipping your used hot sauce packets back for free. The pilot program is slated to start later this year and its results will determine the most viable solutions for Taco Bell moving forward.

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Mura Dominko
Mura Dominko is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!. Read more