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Re: [GRRN] Places to Recycle Coffee Grounds (compostables) varies by City
I'm curious.  Saraswati mentions that the ag bags are recovered for
recycling after the composting process.  How?  We have an extensive dairy
industry in this state, yet ag bag recycling is just not viable (so we've
been told) because of silage and dirt contamination.  Don't you face the
same problem?

Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Chandramouli, Saraswati <SARASWATI.CHANDRAMOULI@saic.com>
To: 'greenyes@earthsystems.org' <greenyes@earthsystems.org>;
'gottlich@infi.net' <gottlich@infi.net>
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:32 PM
Subject: [GRRN] Places to Recycle Coffee Grounds (compostables) varies by
City


>Due to franchise agreements, places to recycle compostables (coffee
grounds)
>varies by the City of Peet's location.  The StopWa$te Partnership is
working
>with 3 coffee rosters and their retail outlets in Alameda County to
maximize
>material use and reduce waste.
>
>One of these companies is in Oakland - all they have in their trash is
>non-recyclable plastic coffee bags -- which they are thinking of
redesigning
>for recyclability.  Coffee grounds and coffee chaff and all compostables
>from this facility is going to a food scrap collection vendor operating in
>Oakland.  Emeryville will be soon in their route too.  This vendor, that
>Gail uses for her Piedmont store, works with an Ag-Bag system to compost
the
>collected food scraps.  That is the "plastic tube" that Gail is talking
>about.  (Oakland Zoo also uses Ag-Bag to compost on-site.  At the end of
>their use, these bags are recycled for the plastic.)
>
>City of Berkeley has a food collection program for businesses and they do
>not seem to have a minimum quantity (for pick-up) requirement.  They
>recently started picking up coffee grounds/chaff and all compostables from
>one of the partnership members in Berkeley.  They also provide containers
>inside the facility and train the employees for maximum recovery/avoiding
>contamination etc...  Contact: Rogelio Marquino, Recycling Operations
>Supervisor; City of Berkeley - (510) 981-6350 ext. 6355
>
>In both these cases there is a fee for picking up and transporting these
>discards.
>
>I would be most interested to hear other resources and ideas, please post
on
>greenyes or my e-mail is "chandramouls@saic.com".
>
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>From: "Paul Goettlich" <gottlich@infi.net>
>Subject: Coffee Grounds looking for Places to be Recycled
>
>Currently 2 tons per week are being composted. I didn't note where they are
>being composted. I think Gail Greenlees said the composting is being done
in
>plastic tubes that have air flowing through them (plastic tubes worry me a
>bit for obvious reasons).
>
>Please suggest locations for recycling and give names of contacts.
>
>
>
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