Compost Bins Cause Confusion for Some Vendors at Dubuque County Fair

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Among the exciting rides, and the thrilling entertainment at the Dubuque County Fair, the blue compost bin next to Linda Atkinson's food stand is just as exciting for her.

Atkinson said, "I just hate to see the landfill with so much in it when you can recycle "

Customers can toss recyclables, like soda cans and water bottles into the blue bins.It's also a spot for food scraps.Each morning Dubuque area boy scout troops separate the two materials.

Midwest Organic Solutions provides the bins. Owner Dave Hermsen said, "It's always from farm to table and we forgot all about the table to farm aspect. A county fair is a great place to learn about that. "

But at the popular Knights of Columbus food stand, the blue bins are confusing.

Knights of Columbus food stand chairman Chuck Wichmann said, "This is the first year and they just hit us with it. And I don't full understand it yet. "

Wichman says the big bin is obtrusive in this small, busy kitchen. The group stores their bin behind the building.

"We can't afford to go back there when you're back there so we just drop them down in the barrel and tie it up and get rid of it, " said Wichmann.

Wichman says it's a good idea, but needs better execution next year.

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