There was SOMETHING - I know not what - inside the package shrink-wrap:
It scares me.
So what exactly do you think it was that they were recycling?
It probably would cost as much in gas to return it to the store as the item cost. Other ideas?
Update: Found online: Pursuant to 40 CFR Part 403.8(f)(2)(vii), the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is required to Public Notice any Industrial User that is in Significant Non-Compliance with applicable Pretreatment Standards at any time during the previous twelve months. This notice is intended to inform the public that Huhtamaki Company (formerly Chinet Company), P.O. Box 1548, Albertville, Alabama 35950, SID Permit Number IU 08-48-00200, located at 608 Mathis Mill Road, Albertville, Alabama, was in significant non-compliance during the period from January 2003 through March 2004 by discharging wastewater to the City of Albertville East WWTP that did not comply with permit limitations for BOD. Chinet Company is currently back in compliance.
Followup! I couldn't get through to their US website yesterday, but apparently one of my readers was more persistent than I. I received this email today, for which I give the company a great deal of credit for excellent pro-active customer service:
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 11:42 AM
Subject: Chinet Plates
Ms. Toby -
I received a photo of the Chinet Plates you purchased with "a little something extra" in the package. Please accept my apologies. From your photos, the foreign matter looks like charred fiber. This is caused by a build up on one of the dies on the vacuum shaft which was in need of cleaning. This package should not have left our facility. I will be happy to send you an envelope, prepaid, to return the package to me and I will also enclose coupons for free product.
Again, I apologize and hope you will continue to purchase Chinet products.