Adventures in Office Greening, Volume 1, Issue 2
You’d be surprised at the volume of biodegradables that one office can generate.
When I heard we were starting an office composting program, I didn’t think eggshells or carrot peels were impacting our waste stream all that much. But in actuality, San Francisco’s composting program takes a lot of items that you wouldn’t normally put into your traditional backyard compost pile.
Now that we’re into our third month of the program, the compost can is surpassing the recycling bin by a large margin (when not accounting for the white paper waste).
This compost ‘coup’ is due to the safe harbor that is finally provided for all of those waxy/paper combination food containers that normally were unwelcome alongside either paper or plastic. And that’s in addition to: paper towels, all food scraps (including meat), tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, and milk and juice cartons. (Be sure to cut out the plastic spouts though!)
And all of this great waste is turned around and used to improve the region’s soils.
But unfortunately, I don’t understand why a person would put the plastic coffee cup lid into the compost as well – I mean, just because it is attached by friction doesn’t mean it is the same material people! However, I think good news is on the way. I’ve started to see some take-out containers labeled Taterware. I checked out their site, and they also make coffee cup lids. Maybe we’ll see those around soon!