Mill City Farmers Market is first zero waste farmers market in state

The City of Minneapolis is promoting its citywide effort to turn food scraps into dirt through composting by recognizing the efforts of Mill City Farmers Market, which is the first farmers market in Minnesota to go waste-free. This recognition follows the success of local waste reduction nonprofit Eureka Recycling’s restaurant composting program that was launched in Minneapolis in 2008 and now includes restaurants, caterers, food co-ops and groceries.

The Mill City Farmers Market is encouraging their customers to compost at home and take the Minnesota Energy Challenge, with support from Eureka Recycling through funding from an innovative City of Minneapolis Climate Change grant. The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a website designed for people to calculate their carbon footprint and learn how to save money and energy at home. It includes recycling and composting actions, which greatly reduce energy use and our individual impact on climate change. The Mill City Market is encouraging its customers to compost at home and take the Minnesota Energy Challenge. This effort is supported by Eureka Recycling and partially funded by an innovative City of Minneapolis Climate Change grant. Minneapolis created these grants to help local neighborhoods and organizations fund creative ways to engage residents in the fight against climate change.

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a website designed for people to calculate their carbon footprints and learn how to save money and energy at home. Restaurants, co-ops and buildings are joining the composting and recycling program each month and are listed on Eureka Recycling’s new composting website..

Sept. 14, 2009

Published Sep 11, 2009