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messageRecycling/biodegradable products
Posted by Jacks50 June 18, 03:44PM

Hello,
I wonder if anyone might be able to help with this.
We're organising our school fair and want to avoid all the waste from plastic 'glasses' and coffee cups.
One option is biodegradable cups/'glasses' but I can't find out how to actually get rid of the biodegradable products.

I phoned southwark and they said its either recycling, or its rubbish, so I guess they can't take them.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks so much

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by yeknomyeknom June 18, 09:39PM

Biodegradable product should be compostable. The school could start a compost area, alternatively local allotments often have compost areas and take in suitable material.

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by katanita June 18, 10:34PM

Biodegradable materials are not necessarily compostable, and compostable materials are not necessarily compostable at home. This is a long but interesting article on the subject [www.growingcommunities.org] and an article on misleading claims about biodegradability in plastic products [www.theguardian.com].

That's not very hopeful, sorry! Maybe someone here has deeper knowledge and can suggest something but I suspect the best solution is to encourage people to bring their own?

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by womanofdulwich June 18, 10:59PM

Why don't you just use real cups? The type you have to wash up after? You can free hire glasses from supermarkets.

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by Jellybeanz June 20, 10:35AM

paper cups and plates can be recycled

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by katanita June 20, 10:42AM

Jellybeanz Wrote:
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> paper cups and plates can be recycled


Even if dirty/used? I didn't think that was the case but would be very happy to be proven wrong. Also some are plastic coated I believe so would not be.

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by seenbeen June 20, 12:52PM

yeknomyeknom Wrote:
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> Biodegradable product should be compostable. The
> school could start a compost area, alternatively
> local allotments often have compost areas and take
> in suitable material.

You would think so but I came across a 'biodegradable' M and S carrier from years ago and it had done was disintegrated into a million tiny green bits of plastic- more harmful to wildlife in my opinion. I have a magazine wrapper from English Heritage and it is made of potato starch and it says to put it into the compost NOT the plastic waste.

messageRe: Recycling/biodegradable products
Posted by Jacks50 June 20, 08:55PM

Thank you all so much! I've managed to find some paper cups that don't have the plastic inside bit so I can recycle them. Phew! Thank you all again, very much!


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