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Bean bag blowup

from North Shore News

When Lloyd Bernhardt, CEO of Ethical Bean, announced his company's new coffee bag return program, he figured he was doing the right thing. "It's one of the dirty secrets of the coffee industry," said Bernhardt. "Everyone knows you can't recycle these things."Bernhardt's plan was to put bins outside of Ethical Bean's three cafeterias and encourage his customers to bring back their used coffee bags, even if they once held his competitors' product. He planned to pack up all the empty bags and take them to a waste-to-energy incinerator that Metro Vancouver (British Columbia) has operated since 1988, thereby diverting the plastic and aluminum bags away from the landfill and generating some power at the same time. more


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