Swimming in Feces, Trash, and Needles, San Franciscans Vow to Banish Disposable Cups
Swimming in Feces, Trash, and Needles, San Franciscans Vow to Banish Disposable Cups by Selwyn Duke for The New American
It’s a bit like a general vowing to go off to fight some ghost army on the other side of the Earth while his own land is being overrun by barbarians. San Francisco, known for aggressive vagrants and streets littered with fecal matter, hypodermic needles, and trash, is thinking globally and acting loco: Ignoring its real problems, many of its residents and politicians have resolved to banish paper to-go cups. At one café, in fact, customers will be encouraged to bring their own coffee mugs.
As Fox Business reported Tuesday, “A growing number of coffee houses in San Francisco are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs and BYO cup policies.”
“What started as a small trend among neighborhood cafes to reduce waste is gaining support from some big names in the city’s food and coffee world.”
“Celebrated chef Dominique Crenn, owner of the three-star Michelin restaurant Atelier Crenn, is opening a San Francisco cafe next year that will have no to-go bags or disposable coffee cups and will use no plastic,” Fox continues.
“Customers who plan to sip and go at Boutique Crenn will be encouraged to bring their own coffee cups, says spokeswoman Kate Bittman.” (Wow, now there’s a business model that just can’t miss! Soon residents can travel with full mess kits to match the body armor they’ll need in crime-ridden leftist cities.)
Providing more examples, News Punch writes that “the Blue Bottle coffeehouse chain, which uses 15,000 to-go cups a month at its 70 U.S. locations, has stated it will ‘show our guests and the world that we can eliminate disposable cups,’ and Starbucks has plans to test recyclable cups next year in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Vancouver and London.”
Further detail was provided by the San Francisco Chronicle last month:
While several cities in the region have banned plastic takeout containers and utensils, most haven’t tried to curb single-use compostable coffee cups. The key exception is Berkeley, where cafes and restaurants will charge customers 25 cents per disposable cup starting in January. Palo Alto has similar plans for 2021, and San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced legislation this year that would require businesses to charge 25 cents for disposable cups and containers.
Anticipating Berkeley’s fee, the city tapped Berkeley’s Ecology Center to start a reusable cup pilot program in September. It’s a partnership with Colorado startup Vessel, where folks can rent a stainless steel cup from a participating cafe and then drop it off at any of the 11 other participating locations.
Not only is this contrary to the fast-food imperative of convenience, but here’s a question: Has anyone calculated the resource use associated with cleaning and disinfecting these cups and weighed that against their alleged benefits?