Zero Waste Stations to help clean everything up. Every year we work to make the festival more enjoyable, more music, more art, more fish, love and music! And to help reduce the overall impact of the Kenai Peninsula’s largest festival, local community groups Cook Inletkeeper and ReGroup have teamed up to focus on waste reduction at this year’s Salmonfest.
“From the start, we’ve taken a lot of steps to reduce waste at the festival,” said Salmonfest Producer, Jim Stearns. “The reusable cups in the beer gardens are not only collectable but they help reduce the need for thousands and thousands of single-use cups during the event. We’re excited to take it to the next level this year,” Stearns added.
Salmonfest 2020 attendees will notice the Zero Waste Stations that we’ve had for the past few years. The Zero Waste Stations pair recycling and compost bins with every trash can and will be staffed by a member of the all-volunteer Zero Waste Crew to help festival goers know where to toss their materials – from compostable food scraps and paper plates, to recyclable water bottles and aluminum cans.
The recyclable materials, like plastic and aluminum will be recycled through the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s existing recycling program, and compostable materials will be composted into soil amendment at Matti’s Farm in Kenai.
Volunteers who work a 4-hour shift get free admission to the festival that day and a green tie-dye Zero Waste Crew t-shirt to keep.