Sustainability Starts At the Store

NEW THIS YEAR: We are excited to report that your Sustainability Committee has stocked the club with compostable plates, (two sizes) paper cups, and wood utensils, instead of buying them for each event.  We looked at a lot of wood utensils and think you will like the ones we selected.

EVENT CLEANUP
This is easier when food, plates, cups and utensils can all go together into a large compost bin, with no need to sort out the plastic items, or scrape the plates for food only into compost.
If you have questions about what to use for your event, please contact us.
We are here to help!

WHAT IS COMPOSTABLE?
FOOD, PAPER, PAPER, WOOD

BEWARE
Items sold as biodegradable or 100% compostable are not compostable if they contain plant-based plastics, as most of them do. They are made from plant oil, which is better than petroleum oil, but you can’t put them in recycling or compost because they are neither all plastic nor all plant. Sadly, at this time, they go in the trash; and we are trying to reach Zero Waste.

Why Zero Waste?
The County of Marin passed an ordinance for Marin to eliminate trash/land fill by 2025

WHY CHOOSE COMPOST OVER PLASTIC
There is little resale value in low grade plastic.
Compost goes back into the earth to be used again and has market value.

USE EXISTING TABLEWARE–BEST PRACTICES
Of course, it is best for the environment if you use our existing tableware.
Yes, this is true, even in a drought according to the CA Department of Water Use and Efficiency.  But don’t run the taps – use a tub of water to wash and one to rise.
You will find them under the sink.

SWC ZERO WASTE GUILDLINES
SWC Zero Waste Guidlines for SWC’s ZERO WASTE GUIDLINES
Or find them on the SWC web – look for the Sustainability tab under ‘Community’

FIELD TRIP September 14th: Golden Bear Transfer Station (click for more info)
Tour lead by Greg Christie of BCRS who will show us what happens to our recycling and compost.

For Trash Talk, contact your Sustainability Co-Chairs
Julie Carlson 415-383-5037 & Sue Currier 415-331-1029