After my husband and I shop Costco we separate the meat with plastic bags. We do this because the bulk packages come in 10-20 pieces! Every family loves Costco! I was in the middle of defrosting the meat when my thoughts wondered… This really isn’t an environmentally friendly process at all! I removed the thawed meat from the bag and realized cleaning the bag and recycling it was secondary to throwing it into the trash. Reason: Goey slime guts flowing its contents splashing said bacteria into the sink!! Gross. Hmmm Well, I guess I still have a long ways to go in the process.