Giving Back at the Microbrew Festival

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Foaming cups of beer are everywhere at the Lansing Microbrew and Music Festival. What festival-goers might not realize is that with every cup, they are giving back to the Lansing community.

It's all part of an effort to make the festival a Xero Waste Event.

Andy Gale, president of Bay Area Recycling for Charities, explained that means organizers are "recycling and composting as much as we can."

Volunteers are on hand to make sure that everything from bits of paper, plastic bottles and even food waste are recycled.

"We don't provide any trash cans," Gale added.

Bay Area Recycling even supplied vendors at the festival with degradable cups, plates and utensils that could be recycled in compost bins.

"What we're trying to do is really look at every element of how an event is created and design that to be lower impact," said Sam Porter, founder of the Microbrew and Music Festival.

Keeping with the spirit of avoiding waste, proceeds from recycling will go to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

"We have people lining up to get food," shared Kim Gladstone, External Relations Manager at the Greater Lansing Food Bank. "This happens all year round."

Just last year the food bank provided 5 million meals to those in need.

"The need is great and it doesn't stop coming," Gladstone said.

So when you're raising a glass at the festival, don't forget to recycle it when you're done.