Funded by EPA Region 3, this Special Events Composting Project, built upon the experience and knowledge that NERC developed with previous special event waste reduction, recycling, and composting projects. The project focused on food waste diversion and implementing solutions to the challenges that it presents. It included one event in each of two states: Delaware and Pennsylvania. Materials diverted included pre- and post-consumer food, as well as compostable flatware, plates, packaging, and napkins.
Through the project, NERC worked with two events to implement food waste composting — the Philadelphia Folk Festival, an annual four-day event held at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania in August and The University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program annual Coast Day event held in October.
A special event composting Guidance Document, a unique technical resource for special event planners to implement food waste diversion programs is available, along with a Food Waste Management Plan Template (a Word document) and a Special Event Composting - PowerPoint. For more information on special event recycling and composting, search under "Special Events" in NERC’s Resources section.
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