PRESCOTT FARMERS MARKET PROGRAM
In December of 2019 we launched our Zero Waste initiative to reduce market waste from ending up in the landfill and making every PFM market a Zero Waste event. We placed bins throughout the market to encourage vendors and customers to recycle and compost their market trash. We have dedicated volunteers who dig through all the leftover market trash and sort into compost, recycle and landfill, so that only actual trash goes to the dump.
Here are some ways you can help us reach our Zero Waste goal:
Bring your own straw. Metal straws and cleaning brushes are available for purchase at the Information Booth for $2.
Glass jar and lid
Bring a glass jar and lid for your favorite cold market beverages. And of course, don’t forget to lug your mug for hot coffee or tea.
Recycling bins and compost buckets
Use the recycling bins and compost buckets next to the trash cans. This is an easy way to actively participate in our efforts and lead the way for others.
Donate crucial funds that will go towards planning, analyzing and implementing bringing compostable containers for our vendors to purchase at a reduced cost.
Share your opinion
Continue the open dialogue! Share your opinions and suggestions with PFM staff and encourage family and friends to make small adjustments in their shopping practices while at PFM.
Reusable tote bags
Use reusable tote bags for your market shopping. We have a large box of free tote bags available at each market, as well as PFM totes for sale at the Information Booth.
Decline the Styrofoam container
Getting a ready-to-eat meal? Decline the Styrofoam container. Take it wrapped in foil and grab a few napkins! Remember, paper and napkins can be composted!
Volunteer! Help sort waste that accumulates during a busy market. Several 30 minute sorting shifts are available and gloves are provided! Or help man the Community Compost booth to share information with the public about recycling options and composting practices. Visit our volunteer page to get involved.
With the help of dedicated staff, volunteers, vendors and customers, together we have made a strong start to move towards the market being a zero waste event.
Our next step is to purchase composable to-go containers in bulk so our vendors can buy them from us at the same or lower cost than they’re currently paying for plastic and styrofoam containers.