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Plastic waste and marine litter, including microplastics, pose a serious threat to the health of our oceans, waterways and well-being. Only 9% of single-use plastics in Canada are recycled and in Metro Vancouver, 1.1 billion single-use items are disposed of each year. Some of the most problematic single-use plastics are found in food service such as water bottles, plates, utensils, cups, stir sticks and creamers.
Compostable or bio-degradable dinnerware, such as utensils, also pose significant environmental problem contrary to popular belief. Even if they make it to a high temperature industrial composting facility, the quality of the compost is often not sufficient and still requires significant energy to process and transport. The “compostable” bio-plastics break down into a very sticky, resin-y debris that creates poor quality compost that’s not rich and nutritious for plants like compost from truly organic materials. When these biodegradable items reach the oceans, they act just like plastic and only break down into smaller and smaller pieces because there is insufficient high temperature to break them down.
Reuse For Good In MECS:
• Any polystyrene (Styrofoam) product
• Plastic coffee stir-sticks
• Plastic plates and utensils
• Plastic water bottles
• Plastic juice & pop bottles
• Wood stir sticks (Burnaby)
• Coroplast signage
• Plastic Creamers and Milkers
Other tactics helping implement Re-use for Good:
• MECS will ensure that a four (4) stream waste station is placed at, or near, every event with proper signage.
• MECS will ensure that a portable water bottle filling station is available at large Burnaby outdoor events.