The St. John’s Farmers Market is doing its part to reduce waste from the facility.
Prior to a “waste audit” conducted by the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), the Farmer’s Market was generating 4000 pounds of waste per person per year. However, 54 per cent of that waste is being diverted through recycling and composting.
Now, the Farmer’s Market is switching from Styrofoam to paper food containers, offering water diversion stations for recyclables, organic waste, and garbage, and bringing in Island Compost to collect organic waste every Saturday.
Chair Josh Smee says the goal is to divert 70 per cent of the waste generated at the market. Customers can do their part by bringing their own fork and coffee cup when enjoying meals at the facility.