The Cups I See Everywhere

Beverage cups at Mariner’s baseball games, parfait cups at the University of Washington, and cold or hot coffee cups, everywhere I turn the Cedar Grove Composting label seems to be there as well. Now it’s become a fun game to point out every label I see.

Cedar Grove is a leading organic recycling company in the Pacific Northwest which started way back in 1938. They even proudly state that Cedar Grove Composting has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States. They provide 100% natural soil amendments, soil blends, and mulches. Also, the cups I’ve been seeing everywhere are 100% compostable and will break down into quality compost. Cedar Grove also provides recycled paper sandwich bags, cutlery, straws, and cold or hot food containers. On July 1st, Seattle will require that all single-use service ware be either recyclable or compostable. Cedar Grove is assisting this movement 100% and will make it easier to save money on waste costs going to a landfill and protect the environment by enriching the soil with nutrients from food and service-ware waste.

So, what’s in it for you?

First, free compost bags! Cedar Grove is hosting Compost Days which started April 15th and ends May 30th. They are partnering up with companies in Seattle to give discounts on compost bulk and bags as well as with restaurants to get excellent discounts there as well as free bag giveaways throughout Seattle. Pretty neat.

Second, saving money. By sending organic matter to your composting bin instead of your garbage bin, there will be more room in your garbage can for items that cannot be recycled or composted. Cedar Grove offers a great starter composting bin for only $20! If you use two garbage cans a week, composting can help you decrease to just one garbage can which will save you money. Additionally, the composting matter you remove from your trash bin will not be taken to landfills at a high cost.

Third, gain a beautiful garden. Cedar Grove takes organic matter that would otherwise be mixed with trash in landfills, and creates compost that supports healthy plant growth and prevents the need for costly fertilizers and pesticides that can pollute our water and air. Cedar Grove also provides tips on how to beautify your landscape and control erosion and sediment in your garden. To water your garden, you can also recycle your greywater.

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Fourth, a chance to educate people on the benefits of composting. If you see a Cedar Grove Composting label anywhere, point it out to your friends! Mention that the cup, food container, or other Cedar Grove product will soon biodegrade into quality compost. Cedar Grove provides a great list of what things can and cannot be composted.

An amazing fact from their website: Cedar Grove Composting has diverted over 4 million tons of organic material from landfills, preventing 3.72 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent of removing approximately 670,000 cars from the road! See if you can spot the Cedar Grove label around the Pacific Northwest, especially in your compost bin!

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