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Waste reduction at the SJFM

St. John’s Farmers’ Market implements new sustainability measures to divert thousands of pounds of waste

With the implementation of several new programs, the St. John’s Farmers’ Market (SJFM) is now a more sustainable space – and a new “waste audit” completed by the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) confirms it.  

The vendors and consumers who make up the St. John’s Farmers’ Market cooperative have spoken loud and clear about their desire to minimize waste. This year, the SJFM has launched several new programs to make that happen.  
  • A switch from Styrofoam to paper food containers
  • Waste diversion stations for recyclable, organic waste, and garbage
  • Contracting Island Compost to collect organic waste every Saturday
  A “waste audit” was conducted by MMSB on June 25, 2016 to measure the amount of solid waste generated through regular, day-to-day operations. The results:
  • The SJFM produces an estimated 4000 lbs of waste per season
  • The SJFM is already diverting over half of its waste (54%) through recycling and composting.
  • There is still room for improvement
  The SJFM wishes to be a leader in waste reduction in St. John’s, and to that end is now targeting a 70% diversion rate for on-site waste. The SJFM is working towards this goal by educating volunteers and market patrons on waste diversion. Signs are posted at all waste receptacles and volunteers are posted to help.  Patrons are also being encouraged to “BYOF” (bring your own fork) and coffee cup (for a reduced coffee price).

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