MaxMan, Rhode Island’s friendly recycling superhero, will be visiting the market to celebrate the market’s new recycling and composting programs between 2 and 6 p.m. tomorrow. Visitors to the market can now bring compostable materials to market for composting at Island Community Farms and can recycle many market materials during their visit thanks to a collaboration between the Growers’ Market, Sustainable Aquidneck, The City of Newport’s Clean City Program, Island Community Farms @ Green End, EcoRI Public Works and Newport Restaurant Group, sponsors of the new composting program.
By bringing kitchen food scraps to the market for composting supporters will close the loop between food waste and food production, turning material that would otherwise end up in a landfill into food for the future, turning kichen waste into “black gold” at this local farm. Please go to EcoRI’s website for a full list of acceptable materials for composting or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about Island Community Farms and likes of support can be made through www.facebook.com/sustainableaquidneck.
In addition to these new programs this week also marks the first annual Bike to Market week, sponsored by Farm Fresh RI with the support of the Growers Markets in Newport and Middletown and Bike Newport. Bike riders to tomorrows Newport market will be able to park their bikes safely and enjoy a basic bike tune-up/repair courtesy of Bike Newport who will also offer bike safety equipment, bike cargo solutions and information about bike safety and community ride calendars. Anyone riding their bicycle to the Newport market on Wednesday (2-6) or the Middletown market on Saturday, August 25 (9-1) will have a chance to win a gift certificate, donated by Newport Bicycles and Pedal Power.
Bari George of Bike Newport said “We’re so pleased to partner with the farmers markets to encourage market-goers to trade their car for bikes to the market! Pull up without any parking worries and ride home with panniers full of the freshest and healthiest local products. Biking to a local farmers market is a pretty darn ideal experience, so hop in the saddle and find out the best way to the market is on two wheels!” Bike Newport works to improve and encourage bicycling in Newport and encourages residents and visitors to have fun while reducing traffic congestion by replacing their cars with bicycles for local short-distance travel.
Newport’s Clean City program will be selling recycling bins & compost bins at the Aquidneck Growers Market from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22. Recycling bins will be $5 each and compost bins are $45 each for Newport residents with proof of Newport residency. Cash and credit/debit cards cannot be accepted so please plan to pay by check. Residents may also turn in old recycling bins for recycling. The Clean City Program will have information available at the market about the City’s solid waste and recycling collection program. For more information please call 845-5613.