TALENT, Ore-- Starting in 2020, Talent is banning more than just plastic bags.
"Started crafting a very restrictive single use plastic ban to effect food service businesses." said Emily Berlant. She is a member of Talent Zero Waste Team.
She says the team is trying to get rid of plastics like straws, stirrers and to go containers. "The council reviewed it and tweaked a couple of things in it. Ultimately approved the most historic single use plastic ban for Talent and the most restrictive in the state." said Berlant.
"I think it's fantastic. We feel really proud to be in a town that is taking that initiative." said Phoenix Sigalove. He is the co-owner of Daddy Ramen. It's a food truck in Talent. "We have a choice. One is to go with the conventional way the way we've grown accustom to, serving take out with Styrofoam and single use plastic or to try to get compostable materials." said Sigalove.
While talking to businesses like Daddy Ramen, Berlant learned the biggest problem with switching from single use plastic. The cost. Sigalove says compostable materials are 20 times more expensive. "As more businesses are forced to do that, supply and demand are going to act accordingly. we will start seeing those prices coming down." said Sigalove.
The Talent Zero Waste Team is also helping restaurants with the 'Bring Your Own' campaign. "Sign that businesses can hang up in window and check off which items are approved that a customer could bring their own into that business." said Berlant.
If people bring their own bowl, for example to Daddy Ramen they get a dollar off.
"Talent's just a small town of 6,000 of some odd people. We're not the big fish in the sea and we are pretty far from the sea, but if we can do it it's an example that other communities can do it." said Berlant.