Title: [GreenYes] Re: Seeking plastic reduction ideas
Have you considered implementing and/or promoting waste-free lunch programs?
Eliminates plastic bags (baggies, disposable lunch sacks)
Eliminates food waste because food can be saved for later (prepackaged lunch
items generally cannot be resealed)
Eliminates plastic wrap, shrink wrap, and multiple smaller disposable
containers (can purchase in bulk and larger containers instead)
Eliminates single-use beverage containers like juice pouches, boxes, cans,
cartons, and bottles
Eliminates paper napkins, straws, and disposable plastic utensils
Increased awareness leads to changes in other aspects of life (for example,
taking reusable bags to the market instead of choosing paper or plastic)
Educates the next generation of kids
If you decide to move in this direction, we've got lots of ideas, resources,
and success stories on our site at www.wastefreelunches.org.
I'm looking for ideas and successful methods to reduce plastic bags,
plastic film and plastic packaging in the waste stream. Several cities,
states and countries are utilizing plastic bag bans, taxes or
encouragement for biodegradable/compostable bags. Are there other
solutions? And what about all the other types of plastic wrap and
packaging, such as plastic dry cleaning bags, or the shrink-wrap used
for packaging and transporting pallets of materials?
King County Solid Waste Division
Recycling and Environmental Services