WHY WOOD?

Ever wondered what actually happens to the plastic utensils thrown into these separate bins? The end results may surprise you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compost

  • Polypropylene (PP): Not compostable, eventually ends up in landfills or oceans

  • Polystyrene (PS): Not compostable, eventually ends up in landfills or oceans

  • CPLA: Must be separated for composting in CPLA specific facility, otherwise eventually ends up in landfills or oceans

  • Wood: Completely decomposes in compost facilities in 49 days

Recycle

  • Polypropylene (PP): 1% is eventually recycled – the rest eventually ends up in landfills and oceans

  • Polystyrene (PS): 12% is eventually recycled – the rest eventually ends up in landfills and oceans

  • CPLA: CPLA used in the foodservice industry MUST be clean and free of contaminants before it can be recycled; for this reason, most eventually end up in landfills and oceans

  • Wood: N/A

Landfill

  • Polypropylene (PP): Never degrades, will exist in landfill or oceans for 500+ years

  • Polystyrene (PS): Never degrades, will exist in landfill or oceans for 500+ years

  • CPLA: Is not biodegradable but will decompose over 80-100 years in a landfill; will never decompose in the ocean

  • Wood: Completely biodegrades into carbon and water in 1-5 years

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