On a typical Saturday at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in 2007, more than one hundred 45-gallon garbage bags were sent to the landfill each week. Valuable resources were being wasted at an alarming rate. Empty coffee cups, orange peels and paper plates were lost instead of becoming valuable compost used by our farmers to grow our food.
Plan of Action
With the introduction of several Waste Wise Stations, over 90% of market waste is now recycled or composted. Each custom-made station includes a bin for recycling, compost and waste, and is monitored by a volunteer.