38th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
To ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests in 2021, we opted to make Maple Syrup Festival 2021 a carry-out event. That has created some logistical challenges in our zero waste goal that we have not completely overcome. While we are using compostable to-go containers for our festival this year, that doesn’t necessarily mean there is always a way to compost it in a household or municipal compost operation.
The composting facility in Iowa City can handle compostable plates, clamshells, and cutlery, however, the composting facility in downtown Cedar Rapids cannot. Cedar Rapids residents who have curbside compost pick up should not place these items in their Yardy.
The Linn County Solid Waste Agency has a state of the art methane collection and energy generating system. What does that mean? Organic material in the landfill breaks down and creates methane gas as part of the decomposition process. That gas is captured and used to generate power for the surrounding area. However, there is more methane being generated than can currently be used and this is not reason to be negligent of personal or household waste generation.