Peanut Festival Goes Green

By: Scottie Hunter Email
By: Scottie Hunter Email

When going to the National Peanut Festival this year you may have noticed the rides and the food...but there's something new out there this time around that may have had you scratching your head.

A big pile of trash sits directly behind the Ferris Wheel but that's exactly what facility owner Greg Yost wants.

"Over the last several years we just saw the amount of waste that was being loaded up in the garbage truck and being taken to the local landfill." Which prompted him to spring into action.

Yost along with Jim Martin partnered with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management because they knew something had to be done about this smelly situation. And now a recycling program is in place at the festival.

"I..I truly think it's been a big success." Successful because in just five short days they've used these bins to create this.

And recycling 35 tons of waste takes a lot of planning.

"We looked at it since last year that it was an awful lot of waste that was being thrown away that had a valuable commodity to it...and then we've been sorting the cardboard out of the trash and bringing it to a pile so we can take it to a recycling center and actually not throw it away."

As well as help from fair-goers.

Recycling officials are saying put your waste in these black bins but put bottles and cans in this blue container.

Venders have stepped up to make the festival more green. "The recyclables you see here...about 75 percent is from the venders."

But it doesn't work unless those who come through the gates participate as well. So it just depends on what you decide to do with your bottle.

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