Farmer's Market Compost Station
& Neighborhood Compost Co-ops 

Our compost bin at the Staunton Farmer's Market and our two neighborhood co-ops have diverted about 1.2 tons of food waste from the landfill every month this summer!

Work with Black Bear Compost to turn your kitchen scraps and leftovers into garden gold! Bring your scraps or even better, join our jolly crew at the stations to help people drop their compost off. Our newest project is a manned compost station at the Staunton City Recycling Center at Gypsy Hill Park, beginning December 1.


SATURDAYS: 11/27:  9 am - 11:00 am at Sunspots Pavilion

                 (corner of South Lewis & Byers streets)

                12/4, 12/11, & 12/18:  10 am - noon at Staunton Holiday Market

                January 1, 2022 to March:  9 am - 11:00 am at Sunspots Pavilion



                TUESDAYS: 9 a.m.- 11 am                THURSDAYS: Noon-2:00 p.m.

There are many opportunities to work

 towards a more sustainable community.

  • Start at home, one action at a time. Before you know it, you will find your weekly garbage bag is much lighter. And you will find yourself taking pride in each small accomplishment.

  • Talk to your friends and neighbors about avoiding waste

  • Volunteer to help with a Shenandoah Green event or an activity.

  • Be an advocate of environmental legislative bills by staying in contact with your local delegates or legislators concerning those issues important to you.

Tips to Reduce Plastic Use and Waste


  • Replace plastic food containers with glass containers

  • Check out the Refill/Renew store for bulk cleaning supplies and innovative containers

  • Use small plates to cover food in bowls in fridge

  • Use cloth or nylon bags for shopping

  • Try to get produce without plastic wrapping

  • Use a refillable non-plastic water bottle handy 

  • Bring your own cup to eateries that use non-recyclable cups

  • Bring your own reusable straw 

  • Use bamboo or wood to replace plastic forks and knives

  • Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins

  • Use cloth hankies instead of paper tissues

  • Compost to reduce garbage and enrich your garden

  • Use bar soap instead of pump containers

  • Thoughtfully share your feelings in stores and eateries concerning their use of plastics or styrofoam

  • Take clean recyclable/stretchable plastic packaging/bags to store that have plastic bag recycling bins in front (Locally: Food Lion, Martins, Target) The materials are used by Trex in Winchester to make decking and other products

  • Make your own yogurt

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