Zero Waste Event

Our events produce zero waste

Earth Day is a great time to think creatively about ways to reduce or eliminate waste. We work to produce zero waste at our fair, and encourage all attendees and vendors to have a great time without producing trash that clogs our landfills. Recycling and composting bins will be available at four zero waste stations throughout the fairgrounds, and all food and drink sold at the fair is served in/on recyclable or compostable containers.

We encourage you not to produce any non-recyclable, non-compostable trash (for example food packaging or diapers). There are no trash cans at the fair, so if you do produce trash, we request that you bring it home to dispose of it.

Composting with Gallins Family Farm

Why not just put our organic waste in trash bins and send it to landfills to break down there? First of all, all garbage in landfills—including organic waste—winds up sitting under layers of other trash indefinitely, taking up precious space and resources. Landfills also create a vacuum without oxygen, so that when organic waste does finally break down, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 20 times more damaging to the environment than CO2.

Composting allows for organic waste to break down without adding to our landfills. It also reduces waste in food production and improves soil health and structure.

PEA is proud to partner with Gallins Family Farm to compost the organic waste at the Earth Day Fair. Their commercial composting program, founded in 2010, is a leader in the Triad for providing professional organic-waste services. Gallins works with businesses throughout North Carolina to divert organic waste from landfills, recycling that waste into nutrient-rich compost. The process stimulates the local economy and benefits the entire community: businesses, farmers, and consumers.