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Includes #7 PLA compostable plastic cups for beverages and some ramekins used for soft-serve ice cream in the cafe. Cups must be marked as BPI Certified to be included in this category.
Reduction Potential: High
Plastics cups made of various other polymers designed to compost such as potato starch, sugarcane, cornstarch and hemp. Cups must be marked as BPI Certified to be included in this category.
Examples from Audit
Compostable plastic cups for beverages; some ramekins for ice cream.Cups must be marked as BPI Certified to be included in this category.
This is the largest source of plastic waste in audited buildings and is comprised mainly of food and liquid soiled plastic films (mostly from cafe areas); bag liners from the recycling and garbage containers; plastic bags, air pillows and plastic sleeves used arriving with packaged goods; and may also include squeeze tubes, small amounts of styrofoam and composite plastics from office areas (pens, toys, etc.).
Ninety percent of the plastic film recovered in the audit was soiled by food contact and deemed non-recoverable (see first image below).
Shift to a reusable/bulk beverage service (see above). Replace plastic ramekins with reusable vessels for ice cream consumption the cafe; rely on edible ice cream cones as a to go option.