Music fest honored for reducing food waste

EPA presents Honesdale Roots & Rhythm with Food Recovery Challenge Certificate


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  • Holding the Food Recovery Challenge Certificate are Jamie Stunkard, chairman of the Roots board, and Cheryl Badner, Sustainability co-chair, flanked by Luke Wolfgang (right), coordinator for Sustainability in the Pennsylvania EPA’s Office of Materials Management and his colleague Tom O’Donnell. (Photo provided)



— The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival in Honesdale was recently honored for its effort diverting food waste from landfills.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III of the federal EPA, awarded the festival with its Food Recovery Challenge Certificate.

The Roots Sustainability Team, headed by Stu and Cheryl Badner, oversee the festival’s waste diversion and recycling for the free music and arts event each year. The festival is now considered “zero waste."

The Badners say that since the event was founded in 2006, less and less festival waste has gone to landfills.

The Badners and the Roots Board of Directors thank the vendors who each year help reduce waste by using compostable or recyclable containers, plates, utensils, and other supplies.

This year's festival will be held on Saturday, June 17.


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