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[GreenYes] Re: Food vendor specs at a County Fair

I'd suggest you contact Pat Scanlon who runs the recycling at the for
the Lowell, MA, Folk Festival:

Pat Scanlon
Scanlon Associates

Pat recruited Carl Hursh of PA as a volunteer for the 2004 festival.
He told me that it was a great learning experience and a remarkable
recovery effort for containers, corrugated cardboard and compostables.
I worked just about every aspect of the diversion effort with the
exception of planning and the recruiting of sponsors and volunteers.
Somehow I found time to take photos too.

Beginning in 2000 through 2003, the festival boasted a 99 percent
recovery rate for beverage containers and the recovery of 100,000
meals, including food leftovers, paper plates and napkins and
biodegradable cutlery through composting. This was accomplished by
assessing the potential for recycling in 1999, initiating recycling in
2000, piloting food waste recovery in 2001, then full scale recovery
beginning in 2002. All food vendors are required to sell beverages in
plastic or aluminum containers and use biodegradable food serving
materials and cutlery. Progressing in small steps was critical to

The 2006 festival runs July 28-30.

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