Zero Waste Fairgrounds


Did you know that Snohomish County's Evergreen State Fair is the Evergreenest Fair Ever? We were the first Fair in the Country to implement a Zero Waste initiative in 2014 with a goal of diverting 100% of Fair generated waste from the landfill by 2017!

Approximately 350,000 people attend the twelve day Fair each year, generating about 120 tons of waste - that's the equivalent weight of about 25 elephants! In 2014, the first year of the Zero Waste initiative, 40 tons of waste (33% of total) was diverted from the landfill over 2013 levels. In 2015 and for every year since then, approximately 50 tons of Fair waste is diverted (45% of total).


We’re still working towards our goal of 100% diversion and you can help us get there! Look for our 3-stream waste stations throughout the fairgrounds where you can separate your waste into Compost/Food Waste, Recyclables, or Garbage/Landfill. Not sure which items go where? Just look for one of our many Zero Waste Educators in bright red shirts and they can help you with sorting items.

The Evergreenest Fair Ever is going green in other ways too! When you attend the Fair this year, check out the high efficiency hand dryers in the restrooms, water bottle filling stations, permeable pavement, and other green stormwater infrastructure features on site.

Use the side bar at the left to learn more about the Evergreenest Fair Ever, including our Zero Waste plan, results from the past several years, and much more!