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Food cart waste spurs innovation

Laura Weiss is launching a business to help deal with all the excess waste generated by Portland's beloved food carts, called GO Box.

Laura Weiss is launching a business to help deal with all the excess waste generated by Portland's beloved food carts, called GO Box.

There are about 100 carts downtown producing a reported 60,000 containers per month, all of which are currently going into the landfill.

“I don’t really care for using things once and then throwing them away,” Weiss says. “I wanted to bring my own container, but that is technically against the health code. Then one day I was having a conversation with someone about all the containers being thrown away downtown, and she said there needs to be a service. That’s when the light bulb went off.”

The basic idea of GO Box is this: customers pay a one-time fee of $8.50 and get a token. They hand in their token at participating carts, and their meal is served in a hard plastic, reusable container. When they’re done eating, at their leisure, they put the container in a drop box, which gives them their next token.

Read more at Neighborhood Notes.

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