Lend Me a Plate (LMAP) is a volunteer project launched in response to the appearance of the dumpsters and garbage cans at any of the parks in Ashland and Talent, the Historic Armory, Pioneer Hall and the Ashland Community Center after an event.  Invariably these waste receptacles are overflowing with paper and plastic plates, cups, and utensils.  LMAP provides an alternative to the use of paper, plastic, and styrofoam products at events such as weddings, reunions, meetings, parties, or memorials, 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 the landfill is based on the model of “Plates for People and the Planet” in Mount Shasta, CA.  LMAP’s service is free of charge to Ashland and Talent residents and promotes community engagement in the practice of 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.  The items are available on a first come first served basis and there is no minimum requirement to borrow dishes. The borrower is responsible for returning the items in clean condition by the agreed date.

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