What should I do if I have a compostable container but there is no composting bin available? How can I identify if something is recyclable or compostable?
When in doubt, throw it out! It’s confusing, but if compostable containers end up in the recycling, it will damage the recycling stream. The same goes for recyclables that end up in the compost bin.
As we move into a more compostable world, there are more materials on campus that are compostable. To identify these packages, look for branding by companies like Eco-Products, Vegeware, EarthChoice and WorldCentric.
The most sustainable option is the one that can be reused over and over again. Bring your own coffee mug, water bottle, reusable straw, and sign up for UVM Dining’s reusable EcoWare takeout program (Yes! It’s available to non-students in all dining locations!) to reduce waste in the long-run.
Stay sustainable! –Sprout