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This year’s California Roots Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds has committed to becoming a zero-waste event, diverting all vendor organics and recyclables from the landfill as well as composting in public concession areas.

The California Roots Festival will work with The Offset Project (TOP), a local nonprofit, to reduce its waste and associated environmental impacts, including emissions and to conserve natural resources.

As a first step, TOP will work with vendors on purchasing only compostable and recyclable food ware, and will educate vendors on separating all compostable and recyclable materials in the back of the house. In the public concession areas, spectators will see zero-waste stations, consisting of recycling, composting and trash options, and manned by volunteers who will
educate festival-goers on proper separation. All materials will go through a final separation process before compostable are sent to the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD). At the MRWMD facility, compostable materials enter an anaerobic digester, which captures methane emissions and converts the methane into usable electricity. After 21 days in the digester, the organics are further processed and sent as compost to local vineyards, golf courses or other sites.

For more information please visit their website: www.theoffsetproject.org

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