Green incentives for going green

Solid Waste District to use farmers market program to educate low-income families about economic, ecological impact of recycling


Shoppers peruse the Logan County Farmers’ Market during opening day. The Logan County Solid Waste District is partnering with the local farmers’ market to try to educate and reach low-income families about the economic and environmental impact of recycling. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The Logan County Solid Waste District is hoping to reach low income and working poor families through a new partnership with the Logan County Farmers’ Market that will literally put food on families’ tables.

Specifically, families who are enrolled in certain programs will be able to receive up to $40 of farmers’ market purchases each week for just $20 out-of-pocket.

It will kick off at this Saturday’s farmers’ market, which is open 8:30 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the intersection of Chillicothe Avenue and Detroit Street.

The goal for the solid waste district is to build a list of names and contact information that can be used to educate families primarily about economic benefits recycling can have on a family’s budget while also providing ecological awareness, consultant Howard Weinerman said.

“Over the long-term, we want to develop communication aimed at low income to get their participation up,” he said. “We’re hoping to accumulate a database of email addresses with demographic markers so we can more closely target our audience.”

Read the full story in Thursday's Examiner.