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Disposable food serviceware that is compostable and recyclable

Did you know you might be eating with non-plastic utensils, etc. very soon. Coming to a city near you ...

Ban on Non-Recyclable Disposable Food Serviceware

The cities of Oakland and Santa Monica have voted to ban non-recyclable disposable food serviceware and instead require all city facilities and food vendors to use disposable food serviceware that is biodegradable or compostable.

Resins made from renewable and biodegradable sources are alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and these materials are already being manufactured to produce the recyclable and compostable food service containers.

Cities in California and throughout the West have already moved in this direction, including Berkeley, Huntington Beach, Malibu Newport Beach and Portland (OR). Other environmentally-conscious municipalities, such as Baltimore, Maryland, are also considering similar ordinances.

The move to “green plastics” can be a big boon to citywide protection of the environment, and the high price of petroleum is helping to accelerate the trend.

With a barrel of crude at $75, everyone all of a sudden is becoming greener. Los Angeles Times articles note that bans such as the one in Santa Monica are speeding a dramatic conversion in the plastics industry.

"Responsible municipalities, such as Oakland and Santa Monica are leading the way in seeking alternatives, both as a response to increased petroleum costs and as a reflection of consumer and industry demand to reduce the impact on the environment," concluded Frederic Scheer, President and CEO of Cereplast.

I love to see innovative processes spring up that can end waste as usual. Don't you? If you're the activist kind of person, you might let your city officials know that alternatives are springing up that can make a significant difference when implemented community-wide.

Think system! Not only are the right materials needed. But they need an "end process". Composting facilities must be able to accept and sort these materials -- and that can take action on the scale of moving a mountain! Your voice can make a difference.