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Quaff a recycled brew and check your waste line this weekend

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IMG 3189The city of Knoxville has started a pilot composting project for residents and restaurants. Come meet cool people and learn more about limiting food waste and sip some beers April 9 at Crafty Bastard Brewery. City of Knoxville 

Learn how to reduce food waste Saturday at Crafty Bastard Brewery 

Paige Travis is a public information specialist for the city of Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — The Waste and Resources Management Office invites the public to learn how to reduce food waste and drink a special brew Saturday, April 9 at the culmination of Tennessee Food Waste Awareness Week.

“The city of Knoxville is committed to reducing the amount of food waste that we put into our landfill,” said Waste and Resources Manager Patience Melnik, whose department recently launched the Knoxville Compost Pilot Project.

Hellbender Press previously reported on efforts to reduce food waste at the University of Tennessee.

“Working together with residents and restaurants, we can divert more food scraps from the landfill into backyard and larger-scale composting endeavors. By doing this, we reduce the amount of methane created in landfills and reduce our city’s contribution to climate change,” Melnik said.

Knoxville residents are invited to learn more about food waste at the Bread-to-Tap Food Waste Awareness event from 12-4 p.m. Saturday at Crafty Bastard Brewery, 6 Emory Place.

The family-friendly event includes a food drive for Ladies of Charity, composting workshops, a food-waste dropoff, and resources to help residents reduce their food waste contributions to the landfill.

Event attendees who donate at least five qualifying items to Ladies of Charity will receive $2 off a specialty craft beer Crafty has brewed with recovered bread donated by Paysan Bread.

Dr. Chad Hellwinckel will teach two backyard composting workshops at noon and 1 p.m.  The cost is $20 and workshop participants get to take home a city tumbler composter.

Representatives from the following organizations will be on hand to share resources and answer questions: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Knox Green Drinks; Real Good Kitchen; Green Heron; Keep Knoxville Beautiful; and Beardsley Farm.

Tennessee Food Waste Awareness Week brings together food-waste experts to highlight the many issues surrounding food waste and to inspire people to take action to reduce food waste and increase food recovery and diversion in Tennessee.

Get more information about the Knoxville Compost Pilot Program from Knoxville Waste and Resource Management services

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