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Re: [GreenYes] The 'best" single service cups, plates and utensils
My observations and research suggest that the ideal solution for this
situation would be fully biodegradable, unbleached tableware composted with
food waste in-vessel, which can safely process meat and dairy. Assuming that
in-vessel composting and unbleached tableware are cost-prohibitive and/or
unavailable, next best would be uncoated paper (e.g. Chinet) for plates and
bowls, which could be backyard-composted, and which would be better in the
landfill long-term than plastic alternatives. Paper cups are also better
than plastic, though they do have a thin plastic coating. Best to encourage
participants to bring their own mugs that they can wash at home. The
utensils are more of a problem, as the biodegradable ones are expensive and
mediocre in performance in the trials of which I am aware. Plastic utensils
will probably have to do.

These are simply the conclusions of a waste management professional who has
thought about this more than most people. I look forward to the input of
others.


Victor R. Aguiar
0 Waste Project Director
Ecology Action
P.O. Box 1188
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1188
831-426-5925, Extension 13
vaguiar@ecoact.org
http://www.ecoact.org

There is no such thing as garbage.



On 9/19/02 9:12 AM, "Reindl, John" wrote:

> I have been asked by a local church for a recommendation on what are the
> 'best' types of single service cups, plates and utensils to use for serving
> meals in their facility. They serve meals for a variety of purposes, ranging
> from funerals to meetings of youth groups. They don't have a dishwasher and
> local regulations on minimum temperatures for washing dishes in a public
> setting make washing dishes by hand unworkable.
> 
> Any recommendations would be most appreciated.
> 
> John Reindl, Recycling Manager
> Dane County, WI 
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