The Zero Waste Challenge — what does that mean?
The Piedmont Earth Day Fair is proud to be a Zero-Waste Event. That means not needing to send any waste to the landfill when the event is over. With that objective in mind, anything carried into the event is recyclable, compostable, or carried back out. Recycling and composting bins will be available at the Fair, at four Zero-Waste stations spread throughout the fairgrounds. But there will be no “trash” cans—so any non-recyclable, non-compostable trash generated by exhibitors or guests must be taken home. (This includes diapers, fast food packaging, etc.)
PEA encourages guests to think creatively about ways to reduce or eliminate waste on Earth Day, as well as the rest of the year. All food and drink sold at the Fair is served in/on recyclable or compostable containers.
Gallins Family Farm
PEA is proud to partner with Gallins Family Farm. Their commercial composting program, founded in 2010, is a leader in the Triad for providing professional organic-waste services. Gallins works with businesses throughout North Carolina to divert organic waste from landfills, recycling that waste into nutrient-rich compost. The process stimulates the local economy and benefits the entire community: businesses, farmers, and consumers.
Why not just put our organic waste in trash bins and send it to landfills to break down there? First of all, all garbage in landfills—including organic waste—winds up sitting under layers of other trash indefinitely, creating a vacuum without oxygen. This causes organic waste to break down anaerobically, which actually creates methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 20 times more damaging to the environment than CO2! Composting also reduces waste in food production, and it improves soil health and structure.