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!
Zero Waste Highlights:
- Started the program with Eureka Recycling for our waste hauling and now work with Aspen.
- Require all prepared food vendors to use compostable food service ware.
- Acquire new recycling and compost containers to standardize waste collection stations.
- All on-site staff are educated on what can be recycled and composted. Staff were available throughout the market days to monitor bins, which greatly reduced contamination of bins.
- Partner with Master Recycler/Composter to provide outreach and education at the market.
- All market events (Foodie Fun Run, Corn and Brat Feed, and Market Social) are advertised as successfully run 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.
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.
2017 quantitative results:
- 3,000 Ibs Composted
- 580 Ibs Recycled
- 340 Ibs Trash