Salmonfest hopes to minimize waste

Salmonfest attendees parade through the festival grounds carrying a large, handmade salmon at the 2016 festival in Ninilchik. (Clarion file photo)

Salmonfest attendees parade through the festival grounds carrying a large, handmade salmon at the 2016 festival in Ninilchik. (Clarion file photo)

Salmonfest hopes to leave festivalgoers with memories of fish, love and music while leaving behind as little waste as possible.

The three-day festival, from Aug. 4 to 6 in Ninilchik, has teamed up with Soldotna-based recycling advocacy group ReGroup, Cook Inletkeeper, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society and Matti’s Farm in Kenai to work toward a goal of a zero waste festival.

“From the start, we’ve taken a lot of steps to reduce waste at the festival,” Salmonfest Producer Jim Stearns said. “The reusable cups in the beer gardens are not only collectable but they help reduce the need for thousands and thousands of single-use cups during the event. We’re excited to take it to the next level this year.”

This year, the zero waste stations will be located throughout the fairgrounds staffed by volunteers to help festivalgoers recycle most efficiently.

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