MEDFORD, Ore-- The Medford Food Co-Op is trying to reduce, reuse and recycle everything it can. It's new pilot program is taking a big city idea and bringing it to the Rogue Valley.
"I think it's a great idea. We should get rid of as much plastic as we can." said Ann Pollock. A Co-Op customer.
The pilot program is called the Sustainable Silverware Project. "The idea is instead of giving people plastic single use utensils for them to take with them when they are taking food away to go and eat; they take a metal utensil with them and bring it back to us when they are done." said Halle Riddlebarger. She is the Marketing and Outreach Manager at the Co-Op.
She said the company chose this program, because of the recycling changes in the valley. "Specially reduce single use plastic, since plastic was one of the biggest things we lost recycling options for." said Riddlebarger. The silverware project actually came from the Boise, Idaho Food Co-Op. She says the city is having a lot of success with it. "So we thought well we will give it a shot and see if we can have great success as well." said Riddlebarger.
This program is solely based on the honor system. People have to remember to bring the utensils back. Some are wondering if people will forget. "No not if I'm a regular customer that comes here a lot." said Pollock.
Even if some people do forget. Riddlebarger says that's ok. "We expect there will be some loss, but you know we were buying those plastic utensils regularly." said Riddlebarger.
If you do take part in this program you do not need to wash the utensil you use. Just bring them back and drop them in the bucket to get cleaned.