Vanessa Rancano 
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Re: “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze

Derek,

I referenced Canterbury's innovation in the article. Because the company's cups are made with plant-derived plastics they're porous, so they come individually wrapped in plastic to prevent the coffee from oxidizing. Also, since they're not 100% compostable they're still trash for many recyclers. I quoted Rebecca Jewell of Waste Management in the piece explaining that at her facility they would still be considered 100% trash.

Even if some company does succeed in developing a completely compostable cup, the volume of cups might make them tough to compost. I spoke with recycling industry folks who said their compost facilities can only handle a certain amount of PLA (polylactic acid) waste without compromising the quality of the compost.

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Posted by Vanessa Rancano on 08/22/2013 at 2:29 PM

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