We are proud to be a "green" festival. Our goal is to make the Hills Garlic Festival a zero net waste event.
Our vendors are asked to bring their products in reusable boxes/containers and to sell products in packaging that can be recycled or composted. Food vendors are required to use recyclable or compostable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags and baskets.
Food and soiled paper will be composted using the Bokashi method. Bokashi composting handles most types of organic waste; however, it cannot break down compostable plastics even if corn or plant based because there is no heat generated in the process. Paper waste will be shredded and combined with food waste and Bokashi in large, sealed drums. Within a few weeks, the compost produced can be used on the community garden located at Lucerne School in New Denver.
Each year the volume of waste taken to the landfill has decreased. In 2017, we are proud to say that only a single garbage bag of waste was produced. This is quite an accomplishment!
Four waste collection sites are available throughout the grounds (look for the green flags). Volunteers will assist you in separating your waste into appropriate bins: Food Waste, Soiled Paper, Recyclables, Returnables, Landfill Waste.