N.C. State Fair continues 'green' push

Posted October 19, 2009
Updated October 20, 2009

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— The North Carolina State Fair is a celebration of agriculture, and organizers want to make the event an occasion to give back to Mother Earth.

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Last year, the State Fair advertised its efforts to be more environmentally friendly: Biodiesel fueled the midway. Organizers collected used cooking oil from vendors to make more biodiesel.

Future projects include using livestock manure to generate energy and using solar power.

"We were definitely trying to increase the effort and step it up last year," fair spokeswoman Natalie Alford said.

Vistors, too, could take part in the green effort. For the first time in 10 years, recycling bins were set out.

"People did their part. They kept the trash out of the recycling containers, and we collected almost 1 ton of material," Alford said.

This year, a new state ban on plastic bottles in landfills make recycling more important. Fair organizers asked visitors to help by taking a few extra moments to sort their trash before throwing it away.

"If you're going to be using plastic bottles or buying plastic bottles out here at the Fair, be sure to recycle them," Alford said.

"Put it in the right container. Put your plastic bottles and aluminum cans in those recycling containers. Put your trash in the trash container. Just help us out," she continued.

Behind the scenes, fair organizers are trying to help vendors go green, as well.

"We will give vendors a roll car to collect ketchup bottles, steel cans, whatever they have, just to try and collect more of that material," Alford said

The Green N.C. exhibit across the Kerr Scott Building gives ideas about how to make other environmentally friendly choices. Visitors can see a biodiesel classroom and admire art made from recycled materials.

Organizers said these educational exhibits are crucial to making the fair as green as possible.

"We're just trying to continue the effort and continue to do our part," Alford said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 21, 2009

    alwayslovingu30, it's not someone else's fault that you don't recycle. Put the can or bottle in a bag and take it to your car or something...crush the can and put it in your pocket (I do this all the time) You bought the's yours. Don't blame someone else.

  • alwayslovingu30 Oct 20, 2009

    I have seen that you are not allowed to put in plastic bottles in the landfill any more but I still do an many more do because of the trash peolpe do not put out recycle bins for them to be sepperated into states fault not mine

  • Pineview Style Oct 19, 2009

    I think there are too many conficting messages going on and people are trying to use the state fair as a springboard for their agendas. "Let's eat some fried twinkies and then sign the health care petition." "Let's consume all we can today, but make sure we recycle our bottles." Sure, I am for recycling, but it seems that going green at the fair is more of an advertising gimmick.

  • daisymom Oct 19, 2009

    What's wrong with recycling?

  • computer trainer Oct 19, 2009

    Valentine Girl is correct. There are TOO few of these recycling centers and they are too difficult to find.

    Also, NC Green is trying to tell people that they should not burn things that it creates pollution, and then you go out their door and the Wildlife folks are set up right there and they have a fire going and no one attending it.

  • Pineview Style Oct 19, 2009

    Are they using the old barrels left over from the "Chuck It" program?

  • 5-113 FA Retired Oct 19, 2009

    Thank goodness; i'll sleep better knowing our future is secured safely in a recycle bin. Thank you thighmaster!

  • valentine girl Oct 19, 2009

    Personally, I don't think that the State Fair has enough recycle bins out. They are hidden behind walls and are not close to the trash cans.Some bins are on grass which was wet and muddy. Wake County and Raleigh should sue the State Fair for not being very serious about recycling. Smaller bins should be near every other trash can. This is a blattant commentary on just how the State Agriculture department in general, and the State Fair Management specifically feels about recycling and it responsibility. ZERO!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Oct 19, 2009

    so some of you actually think you're doing some good to the "Planet" by throwing a plastic bottle in one bin vs another???? THAT's the problem!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 19, 2009

    Welcome to the 21st century, State Fair.

    Most Elementary School children could show you how to recycle. ;-)

    Seriously though, thanks for doing this.