Friday, February 9, 2018

In the News: Dunkin moves to paper cups; Census count adjustments for fairness

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin. One has a completion date targeted for 2020, the other regards the Census count in 2020.

"Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is about to undergo a big change. The Massachusetts-based company is saying goodbye to its signature polystyrene foam cups and introducing paper cups. 
It’s another move to modernize the iconic brand. The transition to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually. 
The plans are to begin eliminating all polystyrene foam cups beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. A new, double-walled paper cup will be used instead. The current reclosable lid remains. The company said the paper cup will keep beverages hot while keeping hands cool without the need for a sleeve."
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"A change in rules ahead of the 2020 census could prove a boon for Fayetteville and other communities around Fort Bragg. 
Fayetteville and North Carolina leaders have praised the change, which could ensure that the state’s large military population is not counted elsewhere, leading to more federal money and the possibility for an additional seat in Congress. 
The new rules are designed to better count five different populations, such as deployed service members, overseas federal employees who are not U.S. citizens, crews aboard U.S. maritime or merchant vessels, juveniles in treatment centers and residents of religious group quarters. 
A memorandum release by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday detailed the rule changes and said they were meant to ensure the once-a-decade population count is “fair and consistent.”

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