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Lane County Fair seeks to reduce waste

This year the fair is partnering with waste management companies and Eugene Public Works to make a more environmentally-friendly fair.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 6:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With 100,000 people expected to attend the Lane County Fair over the next five days, organizers said they want to make sure they’re mindful about waste.

This year the fair is partnering with waste management companies and Eugene Public Works to make a more environmentally-friendly fair.

Organizers said last year they recycled 78 percent of all waste, and they’re hoping to make it to 80 percent this year.

“When you have 115,000 people in one space in five days, that creates a lot of waste, from the vendors to the patrons,” Assistant Fair Manager Rachel Bivens said. “We understand that. So for us as a member of this community, we want to be a good neighbor like everybody else. We hope all of our patrons will do the same.”

In 2006 the fair banned Styrofoam products from the vendors, and they are continuing their efforts to be green by having 10 recycle stations and placing recycling bins throughout the fairgrounds.

Bivens said “master recyclers” will be there making sure waste is going in the right bins.

Staff with Public Works said they will have an information booth in the auditorium courtyard with recycling tips

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