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[greenyes] Re: Eco-friendly cafeteria supplies and other topics of interest


I saw your posting (below) and a response from someone at the CIWMB about compostables to replace your cafeteria's styrafoam plates - I couldn't help think back to my own school days when we used something called durables - it really wasn't that long ago when we used to actually wash our dishes and flatware - this provided jobs and reduced impact on end of the pipe technologies like disposables and compostables including the deliveries and collections and the emissions that go with them as well as costs associated with such usage.

Ideally you might consider retrofitting your facilities to include anaerobic digestors to capture you uningested foods scraps on-site (and while we're at it the post ingested scraps as well). If you're willing to go this far you could also look for integrated pest management opportunities and organic cleaning supplies to keep your stream of "flushed resources" clean for your on-site treatment.

Wow, now you're really moving and groovin', might as well utilize the methane that results from your anaerobic digestion, I bet you've got either gas heat or hot water in the building so this could offset your fossil fuel usage. Hmmm, what's next, oh yes you've still got sludge, but since you've controlled the inputs relatively well, it may be appropriate for on-site gardening/landscaping needs (maybe even for your green roof - the one that decreases your heating/cooling costs by 50% or more).

Yep, I think the possibilities to get rid of those styrofoam plates is a wonderful idea, just think of the opportunities that such a move could make.

These are just some of the ideas that are likely to be floating around the GRRN Zero Waste Action Conference May 23-25th at Pace University in downtown Manhattan. It's a lot closer than the CRRA Conferences (by the way love the CRRA conferences Rick) for those of us back east. Scholarship options are readily considered by all applicants - so get with the program (agenda listed below) and come to ground zero - the GRRN Zero Waste Action Conference.

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Consumer Policy Institute, Consumers Union
Lead Organizer, NYC Zero Waste Campaign
Planning Committee, GRRN Zero Waste Action Conference

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Peter Montague, Co-Director of the Environmental Research Foundation and Editor of RACHEL?s Environmental and Health News

?Zero Waste and the Precautionary Principle: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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From: Dana Coyle [mailto:Dana.Coyle@no.address]=20
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 7:59 AM
To: <
Subject: [greenyes] Eco-friendly cafeteria supplies

Anyone have any knowledge and/or experience with eco-friendly plates
such for cafeterias? What about contracting with a food service to use
these items? We have some cafeteria contracts expiring and there seems
to be some interest in requiring alternatives to the styrofoam plates
currently being supplied in the new RFPs.

Any suggestions?=20
Thanks in advance.

Dana C. Coyle
Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste
P.O. Box 414
Trenton, NJ 08625
P: (609) 984-3438
F: (609) 777-0769

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