NAC unveils new composting program to reduce use of single-use plastics

By Kayla Douglas, Ottawa Citizen, May 9, 2019

Just as International Compost Awareness Week is nearing an end, the National Arts Centre (NAC) announced its new composting program which will replace plastic food and drinking containers with compostable, plant-based alternatives Thursday.

An estimated 500,000 wine and beer cups, utensils, straws and plates used by visitors at the NAC annually will be diverted from landfills due to the new project, which is set to officially roll out later this summer.

In part, it was inspired by concerns risen by those going to the NAC.

“Each year, the NAC welcomes one million visitors … and often those visitors ask us, ‘Why was I served a beverage in a plastic cup?’ Or they had a piece of cake with a plastic fork,” Christopher Deacon, president and CEO of the NAC, said. “These questions arise out of a concern for the environment and a concern about single-use plastics.”

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