Can you compost those compostable plastic cups?

My family has been buying a lot of disposable tableware and plastic cups this summer so a recent action from the Vermont Attorney General’s office concerning “compostable” products caught my eye.

The action relates to items advertised as “100% compostable”.  According to the packaging for some of the products, the items were not recommended for home composting but needed to be composted in a commercial facility.  The Vermont Attorney General challenged this as misleading since most consumers in his state did not have access to commercial composting facilities.  The business has agreed to settle claims and will be adding additional disclosures to their packaging.

So be sure to read the packaging carefully when trying to buy green and before you toss that plastic cup on the compost pile in the yard.  More information on green claims in advertising is available from the Federal Trade Commission.

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About Leslie Kish

I started at BBB|Cincinnati in 1994 as a Customer Service Specialist. Today I am the Vice President of Operations.