If you know some coffee shops that could use some of our campaign materials (window clings, stickers, bookmarks, or tips to encourage their customers), have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're always happy to hear from you if you have feedback, or if you'd like to get involved with RA, or if you know of a coffee shop we should connect with. Contact us at email@example.com or 503-777-0909.
Have you heard about Kink 101.9's new podcast Talking Trash? Episode 6 is just out and it features our very own Brion Hurley, talking with Peggy La Point about RA's origins, Zero Waste conferences and what - realistically - Zero Waste means for most of us.
Previous episodes have highlighted:
OBRC's Refillable Bottle program
New Seasons Market sustainability initiatives
Nossa Familia Coffee
- All names that will be familiar to Recycling Advocates supporters and subscribers!
The City of Berkeley, California is once again on the cutting edge of the sustainability movement. The City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring restaurants and cafés to use only reusable plates and utensils for dining in. The ordinance also requires restaurants and cafes to charge patrons a 25 cent fee if they get their beverages in a single use To Go container. It states that restaurants may provide lids and stirrers only upon request. Apparently there was no opposition to the ordinance.
Question for our readers -- What should be OUR next steps? Is the time right to ask the Portland City Council to pass a similar ordinance? Please contact any of us at Recycling Advocates if you would be willing to get involved. Thanks!
You may have thought that the answer to the single use plastics issue is to just use compostable utensils or compostable plates, etcetera. It may come as a surprise to find out that compostables are not the answer to the problem.
When the City Council passed Ordinance 189271 in December prohibiting restauranteurs from offering straws, condiments, and plastic utensils except upon request, it specifically found the following:
"City of Portland compost programs are not a viable solution. Single-use compostable or biodegradable plastic serviceware items are a major cause of contamination in Portland’s current composting program. These items create quality issues for compost facility operators and ultimately jeopardize their business through contaminated feedstocks of material.
In addition, COMPOSTABLE AND BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS DO NOT DEGRADE IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS. “
Well, this is certainly food for thought and points us back to the essential answer which is to just say NO to single use containers and utensils whether they are plastic or compostable. They still get thrown “AWAY” and away is not a good solution. Bringing your own cup, your own TO GO container and even your own utensils just takes a bit of commitment. Join Recycling Advocates in pledging now to Bring Your Own Cup.
Note from the Editor: It's not only in Portland that products labeled "compostable" are problematic. Here's an article from the EcoLunchbox blog on the same topic: When Compostable is sometimes worse than plastic. Their conclusion is the same - labeling products as compostable is often just "greenwashing", so whenever possible reduce, reuse, and Bring Your Own!
About The Film Plastic Paradise: Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.
The final Fix-It Fair of the 2018-19 season is this Saturday at Floyed Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St.
As well as the Repair Cafe there will be free workshops throughout the day (see the schedule here: February Fix-it Fair Workshops) and also translation services from a number of talented multi-linguists - Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian interpreters will be onsite all day.
We'll be there with BYOC info and to answer people's recycling questions, so stop by to say hello, pick up BYOC stickers and buttons, and sign the BYOC pledge!
Hope to see you there.
Saturday February 23, 2019
9:30AM - 2:30PM
Floyd Light Middle School
10800 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97216
For details of this and other local area "green" events see the Events Calendar on our website.
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