Green will be the new orange by 2017 at Keene Pumpkin Festival
Event organizers Let it Shine is teaming up with The Green Up Girl, run by C.S. Wurzberger, and students from Keene State College, to begin a greening-up initiative to reduce waste, increase recycling, expand composting and become a zero waste event within the next five years.
Wurzberger runs her green event consulting business in Keene, focusing on everything from festivals to corporate events.
“Our goal is to reduce the waste at least by 35 percent by recycling everything,” she said. “It’s exciting to see all of the positive feedback we’ve been receiving.”
Next year, composting leftover food will be tackled by putting out composting containers, she said.
While the tens of thousands of pumpkins at the festival have been composted or given to pig farmers as feed for years, uneaten food portions bought at the food court or brought into the festival by attendees have simply gone into the trash cans and ended up in a landfill, Wurzberger said.
“There are other zero waste festivals around the world and now thank goodness more are sprouting up around the U.S.”
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