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[GreenYes] Re: Reusable Cups

Does anyone have any thoughts on sending biodegradable cups to the landfill? We have establishments who tout offering biodegradable cups, but who do not participate in a compost program or have any control where their customers dispose of the cups. I would think the methane resulting from these materials in the landfill would be more damaging than burying non-biodegradable materials.


I’d hate to think that people opted for a biodegradable cup over a refillable because they thought they were better than plastic.




Dennis Sauer

Zero Waste Inc

PO Box 483

Hardwick, Vermont 05843

(802) 472-5424


From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Karen Bograd
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 4:35 PM
To: GreenYes@no.address
Subject: [GreenYes] Reusable Cups



I was eating lunch with some friends yesterday, and we noticed how much waste we accumulated just during our simple lunch. One of the major items being the single use cups for our drinks. As we sat there, we discussed what could be done to have a certified reusable cup that one could bring in to any fast/fast like food place to use. Understanding, of course, that there would be a fee for the drink, but one that is less than what is currently charged.


As the resident environmentalist in the group, I was tasked to find out if this idea has been explored before, what are the issues surrounding it, etc.?

Thank you for any information you might have on this idea.




Karen Bograd

Administrative Services Manager

Phoenix Resources Recycling

(919) 787-0883



We Shred ... Then Recycle!



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