News : Something in the Soil

Dec 22, 2009

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Composting programs are piling up on the Seacoast

When Tom and Mariah Roberts opened the Beach Pea Baking Co. in Kittery, Maine, they already knew how much trash a restaurant could generate.

“Tom and I have worked in the restaurant industry for many years and have been appalled by the amount of waste that we incur,” Mariah said. “It used to just make me sick, the thought of all the natural resources we were locking up in the ground.”

The couple decided to reduce the amount of waste they sent to the landfill by composting. The first step was acquiring compostable utensils for their daily transactions with customers. They purchased cups made from cornstarch, cutlery made from potato starch and takeout containers made from sugarcane pulp. Read the full story here!