The Zero Waste Challenge — what does that mean?
Just as in the past, we have set a Zero Waste Challenge for this year’s Piedmont Earth Day Fair! Our goal is to hold the event without sending any waste to the landfill. To help us achieve this ambitious goal, the Fair will be a zero waste carry in/carry out event. Recycling and composting bins are available at the Fair (located at zero waste stations), but no “trash” cans. Any trash generated by exhibitors or guests must be taken home. PEA encourages guests to think creatively about ways to reduce or eliminate waste on Earth Day and each day of the year. All food and drink sold at the Fair will be served in/on recyclable or compostable containers. Piedmont Environmental Alliance has created Zero Waste Guidelines for its exhibitors and will purchase carbon offsets after the Fair to offset the carbon emitted as a result of the electricity used.
Thank you for doing your part!
PEA's Zero Waste Challenge is funded by a grant from Wells Fargo.
Zero Waste Challenge Results from the 2013 Fair
Roughly 95% of the waste from the 2013 Fair was collected to prevent it from entering the landfill.
Waste was collected at Zero-Waste Stations throughout the fair. Each Zero-Waste station was staffed by two volunteers. Gallins Family Farm took our compost and Waste Management took our recycling.
The following was collected at the Fair:
- 5.75 barrels of compostable waste
- 2.5 bags of paper recyclables (45-gallon bags)
- 4 bags of bottle/can recyclables (45-gallon bags)
- 1 bag of landfill waste (45-gallon bags), including non-recyclable waste (cups, plastic containers, and other trash brought in from outside the fair)