Last year, Taste of St. Louis, one of the year's best events, produced about 26 tons of non-compostable waste. That is about a zillion plastic forks, plastic cups, and credit card receipts discarded by thousands of visitors who have come downtown to sample food and drink from City restaurants and to listen to free music.
Some of the trash ended up in bags and bins. Some of it ended up on streets and sidewalks. Most of it, it turns out, was unnecessary.
Most of the plates, cups, and utensils this year will be plant-based so they can be composted. And vendors will be using Square, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's new project, to take purchases without requiring individuals to carry cash and to cut down on the number of printed receipts. In all, organizers hope to cut 26 tons of trash to 8 tons.
The Taste has been known for offering great food, drink, and entertainment. This year, the Taste will also reflect our commitment as a City to be more environmentally-friendly.
This sets a precedent for other events.