Zero Waste Faire coming to town

The annual Wilton Go Green Festival, which has taken place in May in the town center for seven years, will be replaced this year with an event that Wilton Go Green officials promise will be new and exciting.

Daphne Dixon, executive director of Wilton Go Green, announced at a press conference Jan. 30 at town hall that Wilton Go Green is collaborating with others to create the Zero Waste Faire instead.

The fair will be an indoor event, scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at the Wilton High School Field House, from 11 to 4. It is planned to be a family event, Dixon said.

“The Zero Waste Faire will be an engaging, educational and fun experience for people of all ages. It will feature a broad range of interactive exhibits to help residents become involved in Wilton’s efforts to become a zero-waste community,” Dixon said in a statement she read in part at the press conference.

Exhibits will range from nature education, home composting and backyard farming to cooking demonstrations, zero-waste shopping techniques, and innovative product demonstrations, she said.

There will be a Zero Waste Feast, fun and games for children, entertainment, speakers, and a mini film festival.

Recycling trucks will be at the Clune Center parking lot, with paper shredding and electronics recycling.

To get involved in the Zero Waste Faire or become a partner or exhibitor, email Dixon at or call 203-536-4695.

Also at the press conference, Dixon announced several new Wilton Go Green initiatives. One is the Green Business Designation Program, through which businesses can make electronic changes to operate in the green. Bankwell is sponsoring that initiative. For information, call assistant branch manager Tapas Deb at 203-762-1652.

Another new initiative is Zero Waste Schools, through which the public schools in town are working to eliminate waste. Chartwells, the company that provides school meals, is participating in the program with its Chartwells Zero Waste School Expansion. Three grants were awarded.

The program began last fall with Middlebrook School incorporating waste reduction through food donations, composting, recycling, and environmental conservation practices as students learned about sustainable behaviors that can be introduced at home, Dixon said.

Miller-Driscoll joined the recycling portion of the program in the fall, and now all schools will implement the full range of program components as the program rolls out over the next two years.

Food donations are next for Miller-Driscoll, after a comprehensive audit completed in December showed that a lot of unused, unopened food could be diverted from garbage to food donation.

After the holiday break, Cider Mill School joined the program with recycling and composting.

Plans are currently in the works to have stations at Wilton High School installed before the spring.