Fair Revs Up Recycling, Pilots Food Scrap Program

Food vendors at this year’s fair will be able to take part in a new program to recycle food scraps. (Herald / Nancy Cassidy)

The Tunbridge World’s Fair is stepping up its recycling game this year, with 20 extra blue bins, provided through a grant by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the non-profit Keep America Beautiful. Out of 300 grant applicants, the Tunbridge Fair is the only recipient from Vermont.

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Also, for the first time ever, the fair will offer food scrap recycling to some food vendors.

Both projects come out of a partnership with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s (CVSWMD).

Fairgoers can even compost their own food scraps by stopping by the CVSWMD booth. The booth, which will be located inside the oval track, will also have information about recycling, composting, and reducing waste.

CVSWMD will assist vendors with food scrap diversion, monitor recycling bins, and provide interactive Q&A sessions to fairgoers. The grant-funded recycling bins will make the Fair’s existing recycling options more efficient with clearly labeled blue bins, easy for fairgoers to identify. The new bins will be located throughout the fairgrounds, and vendors will be recycling food scraps as they make lemonade, deep fry onions, and more.

Grow Compost of Vermont will collect the scraps and bring them to a local farm, where the scraps will be used for both chicken food, and to make organically certified compost. The compost, which is be used to grow more food, effectively “closes the loop” on those delicious fairground treats.

“Grow Compost co-owner Lisa Ransom said, “Grow Compost works closely with local farms to transform food scraps, and other nutrient-rich, organic material into rich, fertile soil for the growth of verdant space, the production of clean energy, and the health and well-being of the earth.”


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