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    2010 ToC waste to be fully recycled and composted

    Taste of Cambridge Announces its own

    disappearing act

    in the form of a Zero Waste Event!


    2010 ToC waste to be fully recycled and composted


    People attending this year’s Taste of Cambridge will get to eat well, support good causes, and see a clean and green food event in action. Learning from last year’s efforts, the TOC committee worked tirelessly to make this year’s Taste an environmentalist’s dream: a large public event generating virtually zero waste.  Juliana Lyman of Savenor’s, took charge of the “Green Sub-Committee” and convinced several local businesses to contribute to this goal. The local distribution company Perkins, of Taunton, MA, will donate all the compostable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins.  The Charles Hotel is volunteering its loading dock and Save that Stuff will play a large role in the clean-up during and after the event. In addition to recycling cans, bottles, etc., StS will station composting bins so that attendees can drop any food remains that can be composted. They will also provide compost buckets to the participating restaurants, to ensure that all food wastes from the restaurant tables will also be collected for composting. 


    During the three hours that the Taste event is in full swing, volunteers will be working hard to ensure that all the waste disappears afterwards. The most environmentally passionate volunteers will get to be the most visible – we call them the “TRASH TALKERS.”  They will be stationed at the compost and recycling bins to guide everyone to the correct bin for disposing of  napkins, plates, and cups. They will also be hauling bags to the loading dock. Though the work isn’t glamorous they are crucial to this effort, and we will be sure that they have fun and the satisfaction of making a difference—as well as tasty food and beverages as a thank you.


    Every restaurant participating in this year’s ToC has signed a carbon footprint clause: agreeing to leave only minimal wastes, and that they will NOT use styrofoam or non-compostable plastic.   The committee will keep track of how much is composted and recycled, in order to evaluate the leave-no-trace effort. The results will be posted on the ToC website so the public can follow the effort. 


    Volunteers are welcome, and so are inquiries about the zero waste effort. Please contact Juliana at