Always miniscule, the volume of foodservice disposable products accounts for a mere 1.51% of the municipal solid waste volume. This reflects a 5-year decline in volume for these products. FPI President Joseph W. Bow attributes the decline to an industry-wide effort to reduce waste through source reduction, recycling, composting and other environmentally responsible disposal practices.
Debunking more myths
The popular notion that the nation's solid waste stream is larded with disposable cups, plates, wraps and other foodservice packaging products took another hit in a new study by Franklin Associates, Ltd., a solid waste research group, for the Foodservice & Packaging Institute (FPI).