Seattle Considers Banning Paper Cups

 

I, for one, can’t think of Seattle without thinking of Starbucks, which first opened its doors in the city in March of 1971.  And what is Starbucks without coffee? (I should confess that I really like their oatmeal, but Starbucks pastries are another story altogether.) And what is coffee without, well, a cup out of which to enjoy that piping hot grande latte for which you forked over a month’s worth of a Ricochet Membership?

Answer: a major inconvenience.  An inconvenience so big, that you, and I, and everyone we know would make far fewer stops at Starbucks.

But that’s no skin off Karin de Weille’s back.  This weekend, the enviro-statist launched a campaign to push Seattle to eliminate its use of paper cups. 

“I think Seattle can push the frontier,” [Ms. de Weille] said at Green Festival, the two-day celebration of eco-friendliness where the effort got its official start.

Harmless enough if it’s just one raving hippie calling for the encroachment of other peoples’ freedom.  Less harmless if the City Council President is on board with this egregious assault on liberty.

Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin endorsed the initiative, which urges participants to whip out their own reusable cups for mochas on the go, and opt for ceramic over paper when ordering “for here.”

“Let’s show that we can do this, and our success will be duplicated in other cities,” Conlin said in a statement.

So make sure to pack a mug in your briefcase on the way to work, Seattle.  You’ll need the practice.  As we in plastic bagless San Francisco can attest, you’re just one small step away from an all out ban.

(Many thanks to EJHill for supplying yet another brilliant graphic!)

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    Ban, mandate, ban, mandate. That’s all the left knows.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:20 AM PDT
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  2. Daniel Sattelberger Inactive

    But Diane, think how many more Ricochet memberships they can buy if they don’t have to purchase coffee anymore!

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:23 AM PDT
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  3. AmishDude Member

    But, wait, isn’t paper biodegra…

    Oh, never mind.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:25 AM PDT
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  4. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Can a food service business serve you anything in something they cannot adequately guarantee is sanitary? What of the increased water usage for washing all that ceramic?

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:31 AM PDT
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  5. Jim Chase Member

    If my eyes roll any further back, I’m going to need surgery.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:32 AM PDT
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  6. Jan-Michael Rives Inactive

    I hope they do it. And I hope it makes them all miserable.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:35 AM PDT
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  7. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    You mean my made-in-china ceramic mug with all the lead in it? No problemo!

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:38 AM PDT
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  8. wilber forge Member

    One can see furture sanitation regulations here, cup inspections and new certifications for employees to conduct same.

    Gee, would you not be proud to have a State liscensed coffee container to ensure your morning jolt was approved ?

    Or perhaps have a coffee cup recycling program that required a nickel deposit per cup ?

    If Seattle wants to be productive, look no further than the traffic issues they have..

    Until then, keep your hands off my coffee !!!

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:40 AM PDT
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  9. The Mugwump Inactive

    You know you’re living in a decadent society when absurdity becomes the norm. Not sure who said that (Jacque Barzun?), but he was spot on.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:42 AM PDT
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  10. EJHill Podcaster

    In keeping with Kenneth’s Theme du Jour of horse racing:

    SEATTLE SLEW THE PAPER CUP

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:50 AM PDT
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  11. Aaron Miller Member

    “We are open 24 hours! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bulb).”

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:53 AM PDT
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  12. anon_academic Member

    Reusable grocery bags are something I can learn to live with, but the idea of carrying a commuter mug with me everywhere, with it spilling those last few drops of milk into my backpack to curdle, is just disgusting. Besides that, it’s so expensive to manufacture and repeatedly wash a ceramic mug that there’s no real environmental advantage to forgoing paper cups. Personably, I suspect this is all the result of a carefully orchestrated conspiracy of militant Mormons trying to impose their abstention from hot drinks on the rest of us by making it just too gross to drink coffee. (kidding, kidding).

    You can have my disposable coffee cup when you pull it from my surprisingly toasty dead hands!

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    • May 24, 2011, at 1:54 AM PDT
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  13. Kozak Member

    It’s not like paper cups grow on trees. Oh wait….

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    • May 24, 2011, at 2:01 AM PDT
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  14. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive
    Kozak: It’s not like paper cups grow on trees. Oh wait…. · May 23 at 2:01pm

    It very well could be yet another poke in the eye for Washington State’s less urban enterprises by the San Francisco overflow that is Seattle…

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    • May 24, 2011, at 2:18 AM PDT
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  15. Good Berean Inactive

    We here on the Right side of the State support the timber industry: Up with paper cups!

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    • May 24, 2011, at 2:39 AM PDT
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  16. Johannes Allert Inactive

    Ridiculous ….then again there are some days where I just need to drink my coffee straight from the spigot

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    • May 24, 2011, at 2:50 AM PDT
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  17. Stuart Creque Member

    When will Seattle ban disposable needles and syringes?

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    • May 24, 2011, at 2:53 AM PDT
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  18. Kervinlee Member

    We have gone insane.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 3:14 AM PDT
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  19. Herkybird Inactive

    Bravo Seattle! Now we just need some new open-pit bauxite mines to get the ore and some nuclear power plants to run the aluminium smelters for those spun-aluminium roadie-cups.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 3:19 AM PDT
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  20. RB Inactive
    RB

    Here in a certain self-styled “progressive’ county right outside DC, we’re getting the grocery bag tax starting next year. Never mind that the bags are mostly made from recycled material, and often see a second use lining a wastebasket, dealing w/ cat litter or whatever … I use those suckers. So I am going gladly pay a nickel each for them, Maybe 15-25 cents a week? And if that p.o.’s enviros around here, so much the better.

    Banning paper cups is completely absurd.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 3:25 AM PDT
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  21. Daniel Sattelberger Inactive

    Sorry. Double post.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  22. Daniel Sattelberger Inactive

    Awesome picture, by the way. RB, I do the same thing.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 3:43 AM PDT
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  23. Susan in Seattle Member

    Don’t even get me started.

    Welcome to my world.

    Seattle also has a ban on styrofoam take out containers. I work in a different city and often bring leftovers home in styro, with a certain amount of glee, but also wondering if the trash police will bust me.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:00 AM PDT
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  24. wilber forge Member

    Beurocrats ARE biodegradable, good start for community garden fertilizer there .

    Now there is a lesson learned….

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:08 AM PDT
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  25. The Glaswegian Member

    I welcome stories like this in the hope that they will help awake America to a clear and present danger. It has scourged the rest of the world, hobbled economies, retarded human progress, and in full and brazen expansion, killed millions through famine and other shortages. It is a danger Americans can be too quick to discount, believing that it could never swamp their shores. It involves a descriptor generally deemed outside the pale of political discourse even though it accurately describes most of America’s external enemies in the 20th and 21st centuries and though it precisely describes the political core of the current occupant of the White House.

    It is this – there is no limit to the ambition of socialists.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:10 AM PDT
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  26. Aaron Miller Member
    Susan in Seattle: … wondering if the trash police will bust me.

    That says it all.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:18 AM PDT
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  27. Elizabeth Dunn Inactive

    This is not a facetious question: Don’t these people have anything better to do with their time? If they need something to fulfill their apparently empty lives, they could at least sign up for a Ricochet membership.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:30 AM PDT
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  28. James Lileks Contributor

    Please, by all means, push the frontier. By which I mean, topple into the ocean.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:33 AM PDT
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  29. The Mugwump Inactive
    RB: Here in a certain self-styled “progressive’ county right outside DC, we’re getting the grocery bag tax starting next year. Never mind that the bags are mostly made from recycled material, and often see a second use lining a wastebasket, dealing w/ cat litter or whatever … I use those suckers. So I am going gladly pay a nickel each for them, Maybe 15-25 cents a week? And if that p.o.’s enviros around here, so much the better.

    Banning paper cups is completely absurd. · May 23 at 3:25pm

    Lemme guess. Montgomery Co., Maryland.

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    • May 24, 2011, at 4:49 AM PDT
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  30. Susan in Seattle Member

    Elizabeth Dunn asks, “Don’t these people have anything better to do with their time?”

    If you look through the annals of the Seattle City Council, it would soon become clear that no, they don’t have anything better to do with their time! Our current mayor is another story entirely.

    (Please forgive the clunky formatting: being new here, I don’t yet know how to capture comments in a box.)

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    • May 24, 2011, at 5:33 AM PDT
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