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Farm-to-Fork events go zero waste, volunteers needed

Zero waste volunteers educate event attendees on sorting organic waste from recyclables.

Sacramento’s inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week is going “zero waste” at select events September 20-29, 2013. Zero Waste means that the waste for each event will be either recycled or reused (as fuel or compost), and no waste goes to a landfill.

Volunteers are needed to facilitate zero waste recycling operations, offer guidance about the waste sorting process, and explain the difference between recycling traditional materials (e.g., bottles, cans) and organic waste (e.g., food, paper). No prior experience is necessary.

“Our region grows the best food in the country,” said Mike Testa, senior vice president of convention sales and business development for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Sacramento is a national leader in agriculture, and our aim is to be a national leader in zero waste and sustainability.”

The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, lead organizers for signature Farm-to-Fork events, are coordinating with food waste advocates from GRAS – Green Restaurant Alliance Sacramento, to organize zero waste volunteers. Waste hauler Atlas Disposal and nonprofit Greenwise Joint Venture are also assisting with zero waste logistics.

People can learn more about the volunteer positions, see the complete schedule, and sign up at http://engage.greenwisejv.org/zerowaste. For volunteer questions contact Sarah Leddy at sarah@greenwisejv.org.

Food scraps and other organic waste will be converted into renewable natural gas and serve as fuel for Atlas Disposal trucks.

Last year Sacramento was declared America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, and a bevvy of local food-themed events are schedule throughout the capital region during Farm-to-Fork Week. View the complete event calendar online at http://farmtoforkcapital.com/events

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