Do Not Recycle Food-Soiled Plates
Paper plates with any food, grease or oil residue cannot be recycled. Food and grease contaminate paper fibers and make them impossible to recycle.
Do Not Compost Glossy Paper Products
Glossy plates are coated with plastic, which cannot break down in a compost.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Reusable Dishes
Reduce paper waste by choosing reusable dishes over disposable ones. It’s easy to pack a set of reusable dishes for a picnic or a camping trip. They’ll need to be washed, but they’ll reduce your impact on the environment. Metal and bamboo are good alternatives that won’t break if dropped.
Choose Unbleached Paper Products
Most paper products that are white or decorative have been chemically bleached and dyed. Opt for undyed, unbleached paper products to reduce the chemical exposure for you and the environment.
Reusable Packaging For Businesses
Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.