Port Canaveral’s restaurants see a sizable amount of visitors– especially in the spring and summer– and a ton of guests means a ton of trash. Service-industry garbage is one of the leading contaminants of the ocean. Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar leads by example and takes every opportunity to recycle in hopes of bettering the environment and protecting local waters.
According to Keep Brevard Beautiful’s website:
- 37,613 tons of litter were collected by KBB volunteers in 2014
- 90 percent of floating marine litter is plastics and Styrofoam
- 80 percent of marine litter originates from activities on land
- 49 percent of litter in some cities results from to-go food service items
- It takes a single piece of plastic 500-1,000 years to degrade
- Polystyrene is a suspected carcinogen and never bio-degrades
At Rusty’s, biodegradable straws have replaced regular plastic straws. To-go items have shifted from styrofoam to cardboard. You’ll find a recycling bin next to every trashcan. Rusty’s has also added a large recycle bin that’s locked up so people passing by can’t contaminate it with trash!
“We’re just trying to create a culture that people will follow,” Rhett Fischer, owner of Rusty’s and local resident, said in Florida Today.
A great way to start recycling is to get involved in Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Litter Quitter Program! Sign up here.