Dec 3 - National Parks Plan to Go to Zero Waste

International Paper, the National Park Foundation and the National Recycling Coalition announced today a new pilot program aimed at moving towards zero waste across the national park system. The program will study and evaluate the best practices in reducing the impact of food service products in national parks. International Paper has already agreed to produce a compostable and recyclable cup that will also serve to educate national park go-ers about environmental stewardship.

Through an agreement with the National Park Foundation, International Paper will produce a customized cup for use by parks, concessionaires and others. The cup, International Paper’s fully compostable, recyclable ecotainer™, will display printed messages that will raise awareness about the National Park Centennial in 2016 and educate the public about conservation and environmental stewardship.

International Paper will donate a penny for each commemorative cup sold, up to $1 million, back to the National Park Foundation to help fund a joint effort between IP, the National Park Foundation and the National Recycling Coalition to evaluate foodservice waste management practices and educate employees, concessionaires and visitors about ways to reduce waste in the parks.

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