I avoid using disposable plates as much as possible, but there are situations where that's not an option, such as at company events. And in those situations, I'm sometimes faced with deciding between a paper plate and a plastic plate. My guess is that plastic plates in the landfill are worse than paper ones, since paper seems more biodegradable... but is this the case? Has the difference in environmental impact been quantified anywhere?
- Theses are regular plastic plates. Not biodegradable.
- The plate that gets used will go into the trash
- All leftover plates that don't get used at the event do not go into the trash