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July 12, 2009

Maine Business.com

Yarmouth Clam Festival Goes Greener in 4 Ways

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is stepping up its recycling efforts this year in four ways, using recycled products, recycling more materials, and making disposables easier to recycle for festival-goers and volunteers.

1. Cooking Oil Will Be Recycled: The Yarmouth Clam Festival has contracted with CÉVON of South Berwick, Maine, to collect and recycle all cooking oil used to deep-fry foods at the Festival. CÉVON expects to collect 500 to 800 gallons. They’ll filter it and remove any water to produce fuel-grade straight vegetable oil (SVO), which can be used in diesel-powered engines that have been converted to run on SVO. CÉVON will also provide 55-gallon drums for wastewater collection, which will be emptied by the Yarmouth DPW.

2. Aluminum Cans and Plastic Food Containers Will Be Recycled: Yarmouth’s Recycling Committee and Department of Public Works will put a “silver bullet” single-source recycling bin behind the food booths, to collect aluminum cans and plastic buckets and jugs, which have been thrown away in the past. DPW will take the silver bullet to ecomaine for recycling.

3. Containers for Returnables — More of Them, and More Visible: The Recycling Committee and the Lacrosse Boosters are making it easier to recycle beverage cans and bottles.

The Lacrosse Boosters are increasing the number of returnables containers throughout the Festival grounds from 50 to 75, putting one next to every trash barrel, so that recycling is just as easy as throwing away. Their goal is to decrease the number of returnables that go into the waste stream by making recycling move visible and convenient.

Every returnables container will also be emblazoned with an image of Yarmouth’s brand-new recycling mascot, Wilby (short for Will B. Green), designed by Yarmouth elementary school students a few years ago. After debuting at the Yarmouth Clam Festival, Wilby will appear in recycling tips published by The Notes.

“Many Festival visitors are from states that don’t have a bottle bill, so they’re unfamiliar with recycling beverage containers and not in the habit of it,” says Recycling Committee chair, Patti Bicknell. “Wilby will raise awareness for recycling and make it more fun.”

4. 100% Recycled Napkins Will Be Available: Food booths are integrating green supplies wherever they can afford to. This year, most are planning to use napkins made from 100% recycled post-consumer fiber. They’ll also use new one-at-a-time napkin dispensers designed to discourage people from taking more than they need. Supplier of the napkins and dispensers, Sysco, is not charging the food booths for the dispensers, to make it easier for the food booths to afford the extra cost of recycled napkins.

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is a fundraising event organized by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce to support non-profit organizations that benefit the community. About 3,000 volunteers prepare food, attend food booths, park cars, and keep the grounds clean. Admission to the Festival and its vast offering of entertainment is free. The non-profit groups generate income through food sales to actively benefit the Yarmouth community year-round.
For more information about the Yarmouth Clam Festival, visit www.clamfestival.com

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