The U.S. goes through 100 billion single-use plastic bags every year. This costs retailers about $4 billion a year.
ZERO WASTE POLICY
Zero Waste and Sustainable Communities
SolarFest: Zero Waste (or pretty close!)
The next step is to work with vendors to eliminate items that are not recyclable or compostable. At SolarFest, vendors have been asked to only use service-ware and utensils that can be recycled or composted. Fortunately SolarFest vendors are very supportive of being a part of a zero waste event. Utensils (cutlery) made from cornstarch, potatoes, or bamboo that looks like plastic, but is biodegradable at a composting facility will be available at food booths. Paper plates and paper cups, as well as some biodegradable "plastic" cups will also be used. Paper and biodegradable "plastic" will be collected for composting. Many vendors will also serve "finger foods" that don't need utensils.
Check out the 2009 case study done on SolarFest by the Northeast Recycling Council by clicking here.
Zero Waste Stations
Recyclables will be collected by Casella Waste Systems. Aluminum cans are made back into new aluminum cans; plastic bottles are made into other plastic items, such as fleece. All food scraps, paper, and compostable plastic will be collected by Rutland Solid Waste District and transported to Fisk Haines Farm in Danby for composting.
SolarFest participants are asked not to bring in outside packaging (or other disposable items) which are not recyclable or compostable. This includes polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups and plastic bags. If you must bring in these items please be prepared to carry them out with you. Garbage cans will be located near the portapotties for hand wipes and disposable diapers.
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