Zero Waste Policy for Fairgrounds Vendors

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Thank you for participating in the 2016 Evergreen State Fair! We are proud to be in the second year of a three year plan to make the Evergreen State Fair a Zero Waste event, and the Evergreenest Fair Ever!  With your help, we can reach our goal of a Zero Waste Fair by only distributing materials to Fair visitors that are recyclable, compostable, or reusable.

All vendors should use the Zero Waste Stations located throughout the Fairgrounds to put recyclables, compostables, and garbage in the correct bin. Vendors that need extra receptacles at the back end of their booth can contact County Fairgrounds staff and request a separate bin, as needed.

The Zero Waste initiative helps minimize the Fair’s environmental impact and operational costs. This year approximately 66 tons of Fair waste was diverted from the landfill through new composting and recycling infrastructure. Going Zero Waste also enhances the Fair experience for visitors. In 2014, 97% of the 363 visitors surveyed at the 2014 Fair said the Zero Waste initiative improved their Fair experience. 

Food Service Packaging Policy for Food Vendors
Food vendors play a key role in the Zero Waste effort, as a large proportion of the waste generated during the Fair is food related. In 2015, the Evergreen State Fair is instituting the following Compostable Packaging Policy for food vendors :

1.  All vendors must use compostable food service ware* accepted by Cedar Grove composting facility
*Reusable souvenir cups or buckets are acceptable.
*Recyclable beverage bottles and cans are acceptable.
2. Vendors with non-compliant items will be asked to remove them.
3. In limited instances where no compostable or recyclable alternative is feasible, an exemption can be requested by emailing or

Download the Zero Waste Food Vendor Policy using this link. This policy also contains a table that outlines acceptable and non-acceptable items for composting at the Fair.