Composting at the GrassRoots Festival
We're looking to the future, folks, and what we're seeing isn't always pretty. That's why we're making a big effort to move toward a zero-waste festival. We've always done a job that we're pretty darn proud of. We've been recycling since the beginning, and composting for 14 years. In fact, in 2008, we diverted 10,000 pounds of waste from the landfill by composting it, which is amazing and wonderful. Still, we know we can do even better... but we need your help! When you arrive at one of our Removables Stations, you'll discover three bins: Compost, Recycling, and Utter Trash.
This year, you'll again discover that all of your food scraps can be composted, even meat and dairy, and paper scraps can go in there as well, beyond that though,we are doing some research as all the cornware we've been using is not as fully compostable as was once thought. So standby and be ready to get re-educated on what all you can compost at GrassRoots this year!
Most everything else, you'll discover, is recyclable or redeemable. This includes glass and plastic bottles, cans, and most plastic containers. Bonus: the return deposits from all cans and bottles goes toward the Tompkins County Cops, Kids and Toys program, which purchases holiday gifts for lower-income families. It's definitely worth the tiny bit of effort it takes to sort out your stuff!
The last category is just sheer and utter trash. There likely won't be much that goes into this bin, but things like errant bits of styrofoam (blech!) that traveled with you from home, dirty diapers, cigarette butts, etc. We understand that sometimes trash does happen, but let's make sure that if it's not trash, we put it in the right place. If you have questions, just ask the volunteers who will be staffing most of the waste stations. They'll be happy to answer your questions. And if you'd like to learn more about composting in your own home, stop by the Compost Booth - they've got all sorts of information for the beginning and intermediate composter!
Let's all work together on this! Re-use what you can, recycle and compost what you can't, and use the trash can as a very last resort. We can make a difference!