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Wayside Food Rescue is proud to recycle as much of our waste as possible. Beyond recycling the usual plastics, paper, and metal at the warehouse, we've come up with some creative ways of reusing materials to the benefit of our program.

Because of the time sensitive nature of rescued food, some food waste is inevitable. Instead of throwing it in the dumpster, however, Wayside has an exchange set up with Joe and Kathy of Valley View Farm in Auburn.  Our food waste is used at the farm to feed pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, cows, goats, and more. Wayside saves money on our dumpster bill, and Joe and Kathy help us in return by sharing compost and their expertise with our garden projects.Wayside also finds ways to recycle our non-food trash as well. 

Cardboard from shipping boxes are used in our gardens as mulch, and our shipping pallets are put to use this time of year keeping the fires burning and the sap boiling at local maple sugaring houses. These creative ways of dealing with waste have helped Wayside save money and resources while building mutually beneficial relationships with the community around us.