Congratulations to Boulder County Farmers’ Markets on being our Zero Waste Business of the Month!
Did you know that in 2005, the Boulder Farmers’ Market became the nation’s first ongoing Zero Waste Event? Just three years later, the Longmont Farmers’ Market followed suit!
What does it mean for a farmers’ market to go for Zero Waste? It’s essentially a microcosm of how a Zero Waste Community would work -- “rules” are in place to make sure all vendors are on board to make sure all the discards generated, like food containers and packaging, are designed for reuse, recycling or the compost bin. “Infrastructure,” in the form of Zero Waste stations with recycling and compost bins, are set up throughout the markets, often with Eco-Cycle volunteers making sure guidelines are followed and questions from the public are answered. These are just a few of the principles that make it easy for market visitors to ‘do the right thing’ and practice Zero Waste.
Eco-Cycle Throwback: Learn more about how the Farmers’ Market goes for Zero Waste in our 2005 Eco-Cycle Times at http://ecocycle.org/files/pdfs/EcoCycleTimes/2005winter.pdf (see page 3).