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Farmers markets find solutions to waste problem

publication date: Jul 1, 2008
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Biodegradable, schmiodegradable. Little breaks down in a properly built landfill, and what does generates toxic methane gas, polluting surrounding communities and adding to global warming. And those “biodegradable” plastic bags? Most of them still contain plastic, so they should not be put in compost or recycling. The only place they really break down in normal use is when you toss them out your car window on the freeway. They are for litter control, not waste reduction. Still, it seems the entire planet is being engulfed by plastic bags — and now some cities are banning them altogether. What is a farmers market to do?

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