There are several businesses in the Hood River area that are using compostable packaging (cups, lids, eating utensils, boxes, etc). These items are only compostable under certain conditions which are not the same as a regular composting bin. The challenge is to find a way to collect the packaging after it has left the shop/restaurant, bring it to someone who is able to compost it (there is a local group that has already begun testing with this). This would close the loop on this form of packaging and is the only real way that using compostable packaging makes sense (besides the fact that the plastics and linings are made from vegetables and are not petroleum based).
Once the loop is closed, more businesses will take interest and will want to be a part of this movement. We could be one of the first areas in the country to set up a system for this.
Not quite sure about this part
This could be a blueprint for other towns and cities to follow suit. Whoever solves this challenge could be the person to spread the system around the country. Also, unlimited coffee/espresso consumption at Doppio for the duration of the project!
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