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Live Green Fest a Zero Waste Affair
Recycled waste will later benefit Fodor Farm
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Norwalk, CT | Added on September 14, 2013 At 02:46 PM

The Live Green Connecticut festival at Taylor Farm Park isn't just for show.  It's living up to its name.

This weekend's festival is a zero waste event.  Thanks to Sustainable America, everything being thrown out this weekend will eventually find its way back to Norwalk.

"We take the compost from an event, process it at a composting facility and bring it back to local location," says Andy Holtz, Sustainable America director of development and advancement.

Holtz says Sustainable America will bring compost back to Norwalk's Fodor Farm, where the composted soil will be used in the farm's garden.

"We like that life cycle story -- that we're having that food waste go away and come back," says Daphne Dixon, co-founder of Live Green Connecticut.

"It's a definite way [to live green]," Jerry Petrini says of composting.  "It's like killing two birds with one stone."
Petrini chairs Norwalk's Parks and Recreation committee. He thinks Norwalk ought to consider a public composting site.

"I think somewhere in Norwalk we can find a place to do this," he says.  "We can give it to people for topsoil and save the money having to transport it from our yard waste facility to a landfill somewhere."

He says the concern would be not building it in people's backyards.  But he also says putting events like the festival in people's backyards offers a reminder of what living green can look like.

"This is where you find information on things where maybe you had a benign curiosity, but now you can really [dig] into it," he says.

Holtz says composting isn't as easy as throwing something away.

"It takes more thought to compost something or recycle it," he says.  "We want people to take that extra thought."

The festival continues Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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