Since 2017, The Columbus Coffee Festival has made an effort to minimize waste at our events!
Each year we provide every guest, vendor, volunteer and staff member with a commemorative mug to use while enjoying coffee samples during the festival. We estimate that we are able to eliminate over 18,000 paper or styrofoam cups per year from ending up in a landfill. While succesful at elimating items from the landfill, these mugs created their own level of waste through cardboard packaging, all of which were flattened and taken offsite for recycling.
We continue to work with our roasters to collect coffee grounds created at the Festival. Over 70 gallons (350 pounds!) of coffee grounds were composted after the 2018 and 2019 events.
As Columbus Coffee Festival continues to grow, we will continue to implement new measures to reduce, reuse and recycle at our event. For 2019, we initiated a bigger presence in recycling and trash collection through sorting tents. Pop up tents were placed around the Festival allowing more accessibility for guests. Our goal is to allow for onsite recycling, more compost collection and better education to guests, vendors and attendees.
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