“Lend Me A Plate” is a volunteer project launched in response to the appearance of the dumpsters and garbage cans at many of the parks in Ashland and Talent, the Historic Armory, Pioneer Hall and the Ashland Community Center after an event.  These waste receptacles are often overflowing with paper, styrofoam, plastic plates, cups, utensils and napkins.  LMAP provides an alternative to the use of paper, plastic and styrofoam products at events such as weddings, reunions, memorials, meetings and parties, whether in a public or private setting.

The concept of a lending library of durable, reusable table service items to replace the disposables that end up in our landfills is based on the model of “Plates for People and the Planet” in Mt. Shasta, CA.

The service that we offer is free of charge to residents of Ashland and Talent, Oregon and strives to promote community engagement in working towards zero waste.  Borrowers can select from a list of items including place settings, cloth napkins and tablecloths and other items that will replace disposables with durables that will be shared by our community. The borrower is responsible for returning the items in clean condition by the agreed date.

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