Monday, October 25, 2010

Organics recycling options aplenty in Seattle

Away-from-home recycling and composting is much harder to find and implement than at-home recycling, but we're visiting Seattle, and in public places, composting and recycling options seem to be everywhere: coffee shops, cafes, bookstores, grocery stores, even chocolate tasting rooms.

All the organics from these establishments are headed for Cedar Grove Composting's facilities. And what's really important is people in Seattle and King County can buy the compost produced by Cedar Grove, thereby closing the recycling loop.

Central Co-op natural foods co-op in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

Theo's chocolate tasting room in the Fremont neighborhood
(in Seattle you can recycle paper cups, which is why the sign says no cups in the compost)

The cafe at The Elliot Bay Book Company in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

This bookstore is SO inviting.

A hit-you-over-the-head sign at Cupcake Royale

Caffe Vita coffeehouse in Capitol Hill

Stumptown cafe in Capitol Hill

I love how they don't offer wooden stir sticks, just real spoons.

And each place we visited had 'disposal stations' rather than free-standing bins.

Cedar Grove's compost is available for people to buy, thereby closing the loop.

A bonus photo: The beautiful Brouwer's Cafe, with 64 beers on tap.

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