How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Matt Drown

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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Matt Drown commented  · 

    Styrofoam is actually not such a bad product; it is easily recycled and can be used to insulate hot beverages, and prevent shipping damage. It is superior to paper cups as wax paper cannot be recycled. However, very few cities recycle styrofoam, and it takes up a lot of space in landfills. There are now companies offering styrofoam compactors, which can crush styrofoam into small cubes that can be sold to recyclers. The City of Nanaimo is now looking into purchasing just such a product, which they estimate could reduce their landfill volume by 20%. Why can't the City of Vancouver look into such a machine, and include styrofoam as a product to be recycled. The City could then require coffee shops to switch back to styrofoam cups, instead of the wasteful wax paper, which requires more cardboard in order to hold a hot beverage, and takes up tonnes of space in garbage bins.

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