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[GreenYes] Re: Styrofoam or paper cups?



There is a lot of information in the article and many things to comment
on, but for brevity's sake, here are some thoughts on the question of:
What is better for the environment: Expanded polystyrene/styrofoam
plates versus paper?

- Not much decomposes in a landfill; they are designed to "mummify"
trash.

-All plastic is expected to take a LONG time to biodegrade, some
estimate several centuries. Paper, however, can be composted in local
facilites...if you have a program for that (most places don't). Those
with yards should be encouraged to invest in a backyad compost, and
then you can almost certifiably argue that they should 1) first,
always use a reuseable 2) or, second, use paper if need be, but bring
it home to compost it.

Disposable items made of materials that take centuries to naturally
biodegrade is foolish. But disposable items, in general, will cause
some problems. Encourage reuseables fist, paper second, and plastic
dead last.


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