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Styrofoam in VT Dining Halls. Proposal: Corn Plastic By: Taber Carpenter, Erin Walker & Renee Denbow. Dining Services. http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/owens.php. http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/westend.php.

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Styrofoam in vt dining halls

Styrofoam in VT Dining Halls

Proposal: Corn Plastic

By: Taber Carpenter, Erin Walker & Renee Denbow


Styrofoam in vt dining halls

Dining Services

http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/owens.php

http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/westend.php

  • Virginia Tech’s Purchase Recap Listings at Owens Food Court for the week of October 16-22:

  • 14,200 Styrofoam three-compartment containers

  • 11,400 large Styrofoam one compartment containers

  • 11,000 small Styrofoam one compartment containers

  • 1,000 Styrofoam cups.

  • Obstacles

  • Alternatives

http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/hokiegrill.php


Environmental concerns
Environmental Concerns

Americans dispose of 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups yearly

  • Not Biodegradable

  • Landfills

  • Oceans

  • Animals

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=landfill+photos


Waste
Waste

http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/Statistics.htm


Health concerns
Health Concerns

  • Styrene

  • Short term effects

  • Long term effects

http://www.indexstock.com/content/topsearches/Styrofoam_photos.asp

It is possible to consume as much as .0025% of styrene

from a single use


Health concerns1
Health Concerns

79% of survey respondents said they are unaware of the harmful health effects

  • Benzene

  • Short term effects

  • Long term effects

Colorless liquid hydrocarbon;

carcinogenic

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=benzene+photos


Corn plastic
Corn Plastic

1% of the 11.8 billion bushels of corn produced

in the U.S. last year was used in the production of corn plastic

  • Biodegradable

  • Renewable resources

  • No health concerns

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A9ibyGaDeztHtGkA5RKJzbkF?p=corn+&y=Search&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-501&x=wrt&js=1&ni=18


Cost analysis
Cost Analysis

  • Options to fund increase in cost

  • Additional fee per carryout container

  • Increase in cost of meal plans

  • Increase in cost of meals


Solution corn plastic
Solution: Corn Plastic

  • Slow implementation

  • Composting

  • Raising Money

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A9gnMiNNejtH7p8AKyWJzbkF?p=corn+field&y=Search&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-501&x=wrt&js=1&ni=18