While most of us agree products in disposable containers are wasteful, there are measures we should consider while we wait for lawmakers to ban them. Disposable containers and packages make surprisingly useful building materials! This “trash” is often remarkably strong (after all, it has to be shipped around the country without damage), and — best of all — disposable containers are free to collect. You can even pick them up at recycling centers. It seems to me, after some work in the field, that the American people can retrieve and make good use of the six million tons of steel, one hundred million tons of glass, and one million tons of aluminum that finds its way into landfills every year.