"Compostable Cups"

By KBJR News 1

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM CDT

A cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a daily habit for many.
Many of those coffee drinkers pick up that cup of joe at the local coffee shop.

These days students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have the opportunity to get that morning jolt while helping to reduce the impact on the environment.

It is morning before a final exam and the line at the Northern Shores Coffee Shop stretches out the door with students eager for their first cup of coffee.
UMD Food services wants to fill that need while making it as easy as possible for the students to be environmentally friendly.

"The coffee cups at the Northern Shores Coffee Shop and the Food Court have been compostable for awhile", said Nathan Levendoski with UMD Sustainability.

Now it goes beyond just the cups.

"Our paper plates are compostable, our bags that our bakery goes out in are compostable, our plastic cups that we serve a smoothie or an iced drink are compostable, along with our tea bags along with our silverware", said Kristina Michaela Kershaw, Operational Manager of the Northern Shores Coffee Shop.

And UMD has made it easy for students to properly dispose of these items. There's a container specifically for these compostable items.

"The compost that is collected in this bin goes through WLSSD and it goes there with food waste from our dining center", said Nathan Levendoski.

Staff at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District says these products will take 60–90 days to fully decompose at their site.
In Duluth, Jeff Edmondson The Northland's NewsCenter.

As a bonus, managers of the coffee shop at UMD say that these compostable products are more durable than traditional paper plates and cups.