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Care to teach about waste disposal at the market?


What happens to the handmade cloth napkins visitors to the Forest Grove Farmers Market use while strolling along Main Street on Wednesday afternoons?

How about the real plates and forks they eat from after making their selections from the various food booths?

And what becomes of food scraps themselves when a market peruser becomes too full to finish his or her meal?

The hope of Master Recycler Cecelia Warner and her league of helpers is that they’re collected, recycled, composted — or eaten by pigs. (Josh Lichtner, who keeps a few even-toed ungulates on his property outside Forest Grove, picks up the food scraps for his animals).

“We educate visitors to our booth about curbside recycling, reducing waste and other options for recycling,” said Warner, a Forest Grove resident whose group first came to the market three years ago to teach people how to reduce their impact on the environment.

This year the market’s Waste Center is running short of volunteers, however, and Warner can use a hand.

“We would like to draw from a pool of at least eight volunteers,” she said. “They will be paired with a Master Recycler, so only enthusiasm and reliability are required.”

Warner said the Forest Grove event is the only market in Oregon that provides reusable plates, forks and napkins. “When we started the Waste Center in 2011 we reduced the big black garbage bags from eight per week to less than one per week,” she noted.

Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. until the market closes in October. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Nancy Townsley