commercial compost rules and non compostable/recycleable compostable paper coffee cups

Composting and recycling is talked about at Courier. While our garbage and recycling haulers have kept pretty quiet to us, we read the notices that come by mail, and we check the City of Portland website regularly.

Commercial compost is changing in fifteen days- that means any downtown business, restaurant, cafe- will have different rules from residential. For our coffee bar this means FOOD WASTE ONLY. Actually there is a sticker already in place on our green rollcart that says Food Scraps Only, and then for those who cannot read there are pictures.

Compostable containers, paper towels, napkins- are NOT commercially compostable anymore. Coffee Cups are NOT compostable. Coffee cups are absolutely NOT RECYCLEABLE. Both regular polyethylene lined cups and the bioplastic lined compostable paper cups are NOT RECYCLEABLE OR COMPOSTABLE. If you feel bad about waste then bring a cup, or stay a while.

We will continue to stock and serve our coffee to go in paper cups that say they are compostable, because they are the only ones made (this specific brand) that are made entirely in the USA.

So the only thing left to compost is our coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit stems from when we bake each morning. This is still a considerable amount of compost. Even though we live in Portland not all coffee shops compost. On the opposite side of the spectrum one may look at the type of packaging used at each shop and determine how much they are thinking about plastic and paper (even our whole bean coffee bags are entirely recycleable minus the tin tie closure).

Anyway- all else at courier is moving along. There are new people working on bar. Our espresso machine flooded the shop yesterday morning with water when a three way brew valve/solenoid valve impartially closed, so it got replaced- 45 minutes- mostly spent hanging out. more news soon- best courier.

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