I have been at my current job for almost a year and a half and work in a large office building in downtown Chicago.
Since then, I have always wondered why my office had compostable plates, bowls, and cups, but nowhere to compost them.
I never used those things while at work. I have my own cup and plate that I reuse, but there are PLENTY of people that use those compostable materials and I don’t doubt that they think its fine because they are compostable.
But they aren’t.
Because they are being tossed into the trash can.
Which goes to the landfill.
Where nothing decomposes.
I had originally tried to work up the courage to shake up the wasteful office culture like 11 months ago and unfortunately never followed through.
Now many months later, I finally worked up the courage to ask the facilities department why they provided these materials to their employees, but not the proper way to dispose of them. I also offered to provide any assistance in picking a composting service. After reviewing my email a million times, I took a deep breath and clicked send.
Later that day, I ran into our facilities manager in the hallway and he excitedly told me how glad he was that I had emailed him. Apparently, the original plan was for the office to get the compostable materials and then set up composting, but it fell to the wayside. There wasn’t someone to champion it! Hey, hey, that’s me! I told him I have used two different composting services in Chicago and he urged me to send over their details and contact information. I expertly pulled together the resources and sent them over.
So the ball is rolling! And I am proud of myself for finally doing it.
I plan to follow up soon to see if the contact ever occurred. I will keep you updated!