1,250 New York schools to provide compostable cutlery at school lunches

The city of New York has joined an alliance of cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles in a USD 34.8 million, five-year contract to F&W Plastics of Houston, to supply biodegradable eating utensils.

New York’s share of the cost is USD 14.6 million, which will cover forks, spoons, knives, straws and napkin kits for about 1,250 New York City schools, starting this fall.

Students must do their (modest) part: they will have to toss their used utensils, plates and food scraps into different bins. Some 700 schools already take part in the city Sanitation Department’s “Organics Collection Program”, which hauls the stuff to compost heaps in Staten Island, upstate New York or Delaware, where it is turned into dirt for farmers or landscapers. More at the New York Post, and tip of the hat to Max Luthy, one of Bringo's associates.