Salem is moving in the right direction. I recently received a flyer from my disposal service, Allied Waste Services. Starting July 5th, we’ll be able to put all food waste in our yard debris bins (now coined Mixed Organics Carts). I am thrilled! When we moved into our updated 1920’s home a few years ago, I was sad to find out it didn’t have a garbage disposal. We added a compost bin (earth machine) and kept all of our veggie scraps out of the garbage. But that doesn’t work for things like spaghetti, meat or dairy products. So hip hip hooray Salem for taking care of our earth and making my life easier! It’s a win, win.
Another project that I’m currently helping with is the Friends of Salem Saturday Market. I’m working with them to create a nifty logo for their project, Zero Waste Zone. Beginning July 24, Friends of Salem Saturday Market will offer composting and recycling services. All food vendors will provide serving materials that are recyclable or compostable, and the garbage produced at the Market will be significantly reduced. And even better, The Salvation Army will arrive at the end of each day to pick up unsold produce, pastries, and other food items that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. These will go to an emergency shelter and to a local food pantry. How cool is that? And this idea could not have come to life without the dedicated volunteers called the Zero Waste Workgroup. It’s nice to see that Salem and it’s citizen’s are taking a huge step in the right direction. Here’s an rough of the logo we are working on. Vote now for your favorite version! Just look on the middle right-hand column.