OLYMPIA: Visitors to this year’s Thurston County Fair, August 4-8, can help reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfill by depositing the remains of elephant ears, corncobs and other food items at special waste sorting stations on the fairgrounds.
Designed by Thurston County Solid Waste, the stations will capture food waste and other recyclables. Volunteers from the Master Composter, Master Recycler and Master Gardener programs will staff the waste stations and discuss the benefits of composting and recycling. Compostable materials will be hauled to Silver Springs Organics to be turned into rich soil.
“We’re serious about our vision for a waste-free tomorrow,” says Solid Waste Educator Colleen Uuereb. “A significant amount of waste from the fair is food scraps and other compostable material like napkins, paper cups, and paper plates.”
The Fair has been recycling cans, bottles, and cardboard for years. Given the large percentage of trash that’s compostable, collection of organics became an obvious choice as the next step in waste reduction.
“We’re happy to be in this for the long haul, and we are excited to do even more with waste reduction in years to come,” says Fair Manager Rick Storvick. “We’re also beginning to work with Fair vendors about choosing packaging that is compostable or recyclable.” says Storvick.
In-depth information about curbside collection of compostable and recyclable materials, and how to compost at home is available at Thurston County Solid Waste’s website, www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org.
For more information about events held at the Fairgrounds, such as the upcoming Fall Secondhand Safari, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. Complete details about the 2010 Thurston County Fair is available at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair