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Thomas Oris

Thomas Oris

Director of Purchasing, Baptista's Bakery
Industry: Food
Location: Franklin, WI, United States
Role: Packager

Let’s take the philosophical question and apply it to the world of Sustainability. As this topic continues to develop and evolve, great new concepts have come about; some are in development while some are now reality.

My questions:

1. Do consumers really understand "compostable"? Recycling?
2. How many households have full access to municipal composting facilities compared to households with access to recycling?
3. How many households practice home composting? Recycle?

The Green Guides state:

A product or package should not be marketed as recyclable unless it can be collected, separated or otherwise recovered from the solid waste stream for reuse, or in the manufacture or assembly of another package or product, through an established recycling program.

Claims of recyclability should be qualified to the extent necessary to avoid consumer deception about any limited availability of recycling programs and collection sites.

This has been interpreted to mean that at least 50 - 60% of the population of the nation must have the proper access to facilities that reclaim materials in order to have a proper claim.

So, here is my philosophical question, going back to the title of this post; If a package is compostable and most do not composts (either as a result of lack of access to facilities or due to any other reason) it, is it really compostable?

Posted August 30, 2010

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