WHY Zero Waste?

PVDFest recognizes that any large festival will simultaneously have a positive and negative impact on our environment. By teaming up to go Zero Waste, we are committing ourselves to make this negative impact as small as possible. A Zero Waste event emphasizes and extends the lives of raw materials through waste education, recycling, and composting. Together we will demonstrate a united commitment to protecting our environment and set an example for members of the community.

Vendor Expectations + Guidelines

Producers take responsibility when it comes to helping make PVDFest a Zero Waste event. We ask that all vendors keep the concept of Zero Waste in mind, when planning and executing food distribution by ensuring that the initial and generated waste at the event can be recycled or composted. Disposing of an item into a landfill is the last resort.

Banned Products Guide

  • Single-use condiment pouches and plastic ramekins — These small items go straight into the landfill and can be easily replaced with reusable bottles or bulk containers.
  • Plastic straws and stirrers — These products cannot be recycled or reused. They also often end up as litter on our streets and beaches, and in our waterways. If straws or stirrers are important to serving your beverages, there are a number of alternatives including paper and bamboo solutions.
  • Polystyrene AKA Styrofoam — Not only is this unhealthy to serve food in, particularly hot food, but it will be sent to the landfill.
    Compostable plastic-looking cups — These are confusing to consumers and typically do not compost well, they also are not accepted in the RI recycling program and will end up in a landfill.
  • Plastic Cutlery — This will also end up in the landfill or as litter.
  • Single-use plastic bags — We see them blowing in the wind, polluting our waterways, and stuck in trees.

Tips for Vendors

  • Make food samples bite size or make finger food
  • Use paper bags, boxes, and aluminum foil to distribute food
  • Give out napkins only upon request
  • Make sure any “green” products are genuinely recyclable or compostable. Biodegradable
    does NOT mean compostable. For a complete list of recyclable materials, visit
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