The Bite tries to toss the trash


Scrumptious food, elixirs and great bands have always been part of The Bite of Oregon.

Now garbage - or lack of it - takes center stage.

As part of a 'Sustainable Oregon' element, The Bite, which runs Aug. 12 to 14 at Waterfront Park, has set a goal of recycling 100 percent of its waste, working closely with Recology Oregon, a national leader in facilitating landfill diversion.

About 81 percent of waste at The Bite was recycled last year. To achieve 'Zero Waste,' restaurants and wineries have been asked to use compostable food and service wear, and recycle stations will be set up throughout the festival area.

San Francisco's Recology has subsidiaries in California, Oregon and Nevada.

Now in its 28th year, The Bite features the Oregon Dessert Pavilion, Portland's Food Cart Cuisine, Oregon Chef's Table (expanded from 12 to 30 chefs), Oregon Craft Beer Garden, a larger MIX Wine Pavilion and Kids' Fair.

The Bite benefits Special Olympics Oregon. It goes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

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- Jason Vondersmith