Boom Service co-orindators Cypriss Campbell and Abraham McDowall on duty at the New Hope Senior Citizens' Centre. “It’s so much easier to do this than having set hours and struggling with my school work," Campbell says. Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE MONTREAL, QUE.: JUNE 3, 2017 --Cypriss Campbell with Abraham McDowall, left, and Sharon Sweeney, right, wash dishes at the New Hope Senior Citizens' Centre on Saturday June 3, 2017. (Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 58733 - 8778

A budding youth-led initiative is offering party and event planners an eco-friendly alternative to landfill-bound paper plates, plastic utensils and foam cups.
Boom Service, based in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, provides hosts with all the dinnerware they need to serve up to 150 guests. Dishes can be rented, and a team will deliver, set tables, clear and cart everything away in custom-made boxes to be cleaned off-site. Staffed by students in need of flexible, part-time work, the initiative is now in its third year and demand is growing.
“What we like about Boom Service is it allows for us to not create a ton of waste from our events,” said Rachel Chainey, co-founder of Coop le Milieu. “We produce virtually no waste”
The east-end co-op hired Boom Service for two days this month as about 100 people were served home-cooked First Nations and Tibetan foods. The students, Chainey recounted, worked “super hard and they were super …
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