Armstrong fair earns top honour for composting

The Armstrong fair has won the innovation award for organic waste diversion

Silver Star Elementary students helped collect food waste at this year's Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Silver Star Elementary students helped collect food waste at this year's Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Reducing food waste has paid off for the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

The Armstrong fair has won the innovation award for organic waste diversion from the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

“The IPE was pleased to partner with Spa Hills Compost to divert as much of our food waste and other organics from local landfills as possible,” said Yvonne Paulson, general manager.

“We had the generous support of 52 very energetic and hard-working students from Silver Star Elementary School in Vernon.  We managed to keep almost 7,000 pounds out of the landfill!  This is five times the amount we composted in 2015.”

Paulson said that as an agricultural fair, it makes sense to return as much organic composting to the earth as possible.

“It’s important to us to continue to support and give back to the farming community and continue to assist with growing the agriculture in B.C. and Canada,” she said.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Spa Hills Compost and the students again at our fair Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2017.”