“It felt really good to do good for our planet at the scale of our town. Thank you for leading the efforts!” ~Arlington Resident

Zero Waste Arlington introduced two new waste reduction efforts at Town Day 2023: free MWRA drinking water truck, and the ‘Reduce Single-Use’ reusable takeout container pilot program.

Both programs were a resounding success, removing the following from the waste stream:

  • 500+ single-use beverage bottles
  • 110+ single-use takeout containers
  • 1 barrel of compost

The ‘Reduce Single-Use’ takeout container pilot program offered Town Day diners a choice of receiving their takeout meal in a reusable container rather than a disposable single-use container. Six Town Day food vendors participated in the program, including Pie Palace & Man Made Chili (from the First Parish UU Church), Punjab, Thrive Juice Cafe, Fattoush and Acitron.

Over 110 meals were served in bright green and tan reusable containers that were collected at Town Day to be sanitized and used at future town events. This reusable takeout model is currently used by Roasted Granola through a partnership with Recirclable, an Arlington based business.

The free MWRA water truck offered residents the chance to refill their reusable water bottle, or quench their thirst with reusable beverage containers provided by Zero Waste Arlington. On the cool, misty day, over 500 residents filled up. We can only imagine how many more people would have stopped by if it was a typical hot and sunny Town Day. 

“I appreciate the time and effort that went into coordinating this program. I loved knowing I was contributing less waste during Town Day.”
~Arlington Resident

We appreciate the Town Day Committee’s partnership in reducing single-use waste in our community. Thanks to the following local businesses who provided support for this pilot:  The Roasted Granola, Yes! Your Eco Source, Food Link, Black Earth, Arlington Swap Shed and Recirclable. We are gathering feedback from both of these inaugural initiatives and are already planning improvements to both programs for Town Day 2024. 

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