Zero Waste at Boston Local Food Festival!
We are very proud to announce that 91% of all waste from the 2012 festival was diverted, officially reaching the goal of making Boston Local Food Festival a Zero Waste event!
This represents an increase from the 86% we diverted in 2011, pushing Boston Local Food Festival over the edge of becoming a Zero Waste event! With your help we composted 0.83tons, recycled 1.38tons! These are really great numbers that we are very proud of. A special thank you to all of our Zero Waste Champion Volunteers who helped educate the crowd and oversee that people were discarding waste properly and our amazing vendors who worked closely with our Zero Waste Guidelines. Much gratitude goes to Save That Stuff (STS) who provided us training and resources to ensure these numbers were achieved.
What’s a Zero Waste Festival?
The Boston Local Food Festival always aims to be a Zero Waste event. Zero Waste goes beyond recycling by maximizing recycling, minimizing waste, and reducing consumption. A Zero Waste festival is an event that has 90% of waste recycled, reduced or reused and has the least amount of impact on the environment. We will do our part, our vendors will be doing their part, and we need you to do your part to ensure that we all succeed.
To achieve these goals, we are working with Save That Stuff, one of the nation’s leading companies in Zero Waste services. STS set up Zero Waste waste stations throughout the festival, each with bins for compost, comingled containers and mixed paper, and trash. STS believes that many of the materials in your trash should have many more lives. To learn more about Zero Waste and see what others are doing globally, check out the Zero Waste Fact Sheet.
- Compost: This includes food waste, waxed cardboard, biodegradable dishware, and PLA plastic cups.
- Comingled Containers: This includes bottles, cans, and rigid plastic containers #1-#7 – but no Styrofoam.
How Vendors and Exhibitors are Participating
Vendors are required to:
- Serve on biodegradable dishware certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute.
- Use recyclable materials as much as possible.
- Bring minimal paper and plastic waste.
- Compost any food scraps.
Exhibitors are encouraged to:
- Create interactive exhibits with minimal paper handouts.
- Use recycled paper and materials.
- Share ways to live lighter on the earth.
How You Can Do Your Part
- Bring your own fork, spoon, cup, cloth napkin or handkerchief, and reusable shopping bag.
- Recycle and compost everything you can.
- Use public transportation, walk or cycle to the festival.
- Volunteer and bring a friend to help us 1) post Zero Waste signage 2) collect cardboard from vendors and 3) monitor Zero Waste stations.
- Tell your friends and spread the word!
Do you know? It is a green event!
The electricity for 3rd Local Food Festival has been matched by local, clean wind power through Mass Energy’s New England Wind program. You can also green your event’s electricity, or the electricity you use in your home! It is the only tax deductible clean energy option in Massachusetts available to all residents and businesses.
Contact Mass Energy at 617-524-3950 for more information!