Zero Waste Market



The NEFM strives to be a Zero Waste market. Zero Waste means all materials are reused, recycled, or composted, resulting in no waste being sent to the landfill/incinerator. The market requests vendors to do their part to support our zero waste goal. NEFM prohibits the use of styrofoam and encourages everyone to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

We are proud to be recognized as a Hennepin County Environmental Partner!

We are proud participants of the It's in the Bag Program and Recycle for Raptors Program!

Green Shopping Guide!

Highlights from our first year are as follows:

  • Switched to Eureka Recycling for our wast hauling and added a second compost cart.
  • Required all prepared food vendors to use compostable foodservice ware. Vendor types that used 100% compostable products included ice cream, coffee, spring rolls, baked goods, sandwiches, dumplings, hot dogs, and food trucks.
  • Acquired new recycling and compost containers to standardize waste collection stations.
  • All on-site staff were educated on what can be recycled and composted. Staff were available throughout the market days to monitor bins, which greatly reduced contamination of bins.
  • Partnered with Master Recycler/Composter to provide outreach and education at the market.
  • All market events (Foodie Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast, Corn and Brat Feed, and Harvest Gala) were advertised as successfully run as zero waste events.

How the Program Works:

  • Waste stations are provided at the market, each with three bins: Recycling, Compost/Organics and a small bin for trash.
  • Handouts with pictures explain what can be put in the recycling and compost bins.

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Where does the recycling and compost go?

  • Recycling is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility where items are sorted, bailed and shipped for reprocessing into new products.
  • Compost/Organics are taken to an industrial compost site where the materials breakdown into nutrient-rich soil.

2015 quantitative results:

  • 2,953 Ibs Composted
  • 523 Ibs Recycled
  • 335 Ibs Trash

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