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RE: [GreenYes] recycled paper and styrofoam cups
The point that we're discussing is less disposables and more reusables.
Foam cups are a plus that they are recyclable.  Paper cups if unbleached and
recycled are a plus.  If paper cups were composted thats a plus as well.
I'm curious if anyone has any information.
I like what some CA cities have been trying...Compostables collection
including yard/food waste and paper...I hope thats the direction we're all
going in.

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-greenyes@grrn.org [mailto:owner-greenyes@grrn.org]On Behalf
Of Smith, Kathryn
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 2:52 PM
To: Laura English; greenyes@grrn.org
Subject: RE: [GreenYes] recycled paper and styrofoam cups


It sound like you need to talk to the cafeteria staff or food services
provider.  Ask them to not put the foam cups out for students to take.  It
is probably costing the school a lot of unneeded funds, in addition to the
environmental issue.  Students should have to go to the cafeteria counter to
ask for a to-go cup if they need one.  I bet a lot fewer students will take
them if they are not out and up for grabs.

Does anyone know of a company that manufactures paper coffee cups made with
recycled fibers?  That would be an improvement over styrofoam, if it's
impossible to get people away from the disposable mindset.  Or at least get
them to buy paper cups made with unbleached paper, so that it's a more
environmentally friendly product in the area of fewer toxics.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen N Weisser [mailto:steve1092@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 10:18 AM
To: Laura English; greenyes@grrn.org
Subject: RE: [GreenYes] recycled paper and styrofoam cups


I attended an Earth Day/Week program at Millersville University
(millsersv.edu) and I forget what their dining services did (or if they did)
anything to encourage using glass cups...They had the same issues as you
site, that I do remember.  Perhaps a club/student group could get on this
cause and make posters or get some kind of campaign going.

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-greenyes@grrn.org [mailto:owner-greenyes@grrn.org]On Behalf
Of Laura English
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 9:51 AM
To: greenyes@grrn.org
Subject: [GreenYes] recycled paper and styrofoam cups


Wow!  I am very glad I joined Greenyes.  In less than
24 hours, I have received so many great ideas to take
to my meeting with the president.  With the
information I've received in hand, I suppose my next
step is to find out how much we pay for the
copy/printing paper (100% made in Brazil, by the way),
as well as whether we have a contract with the paper
company.
As for the use of styrofoam cups in the cafeteria...
I received the suggestion to convince the cafeteria to
charge more for a drink in a styrofoam cup than a
glass one; unfortunately that isn't possible b/c at
our school students can eat or drink as much as they
want at an individual meal.  Our housing and food plan
pay for as much food as we want.  Another one of the
reasons students use styrofoam cups (and plates and
bowls) is that there is sometimes a shortage of the
regular dishes b/c so many students take them back to
their room with them.  I suppose that problem needs to
be tackled first and then I can speak with the
director of dining services about the styrofoam cups
(maybe I can convince him to put a sign there
encouraging students to only use the styrofoam cups if
they are taking their drink out of the cafeteria--not
ideal, but a step).
Thanks again for everyone's help and great advice!
-Laura English

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