West End Farmer’s Market to collect food scraps starting Saturday August 13 at Nelson Park 9 am to 2 pm.

Food Scraps Drop Spot
Van Farmer’s Market

Finally another project to divert more organic material from landfills in the downtown peninsula. In addition to programs that encourage apartment dwellers to create soil from organic food scraps in “worm composters” the West End Farmer’s Market is starting a new project where residents can drop off organic food scraps at the market on Comox Street on Saturdays beside Nelson Park.

The program is call “Food Scraps Drop Spot” and the Van Farmer’s Market is looking for volunteers for the project starting on August 13 at the market at Nelson Park from 9 am to 2 pm. The project will end when the Farmer’s Market stops in the fall on October 15.

Volunteers would be responsible for receiving and weighing food scraps, taking information, conducting surveys and providing educational information about composting in the city and Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

For more info on the project and to volunteer contact Laura Smit at laura@eatlocal.org or 604-879-3276

This is how Laura describes the project:

Be a Green Ambassador! Help keep food from being trashed in Vancouver high rises and multiple user dwellings. Vancouver Farmers Markets & the Recycling Alternative are looking for volunteers to receive & weigh compostables, track participation, and educate the public on composting, landfill bans and Vancouver’s Zero Waste targets at our Food Scraps Drop Spot at the West End Farmers Market. Commitment: Four 3 hour shifts during the 10-week pilot period (Saturdays, Aug 13-Oct 15). Interested? Contact volunteer@eatlocal.org for more details.

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