Arden Garden Market Arden Garden Market
Wayne Thiebaud - Y-River 1998
arden @ Del Paso | 1409 Del Paso Blvd | Sacramento, CA
Every Saturday 9-1

AGM Zero Waste Program

AGM is committed to Zero Waste

At AGM, Zero Waste means that nearly all of the waste generated at the market (including prep and behind the scenes operations) is compostable or recyclable. Our goal is to eliminate the garbage generated and divert over 90% of this waste from the local landfill and, in the process, become a model for other business on how to preserve and protect our natural resources. We will audit the market waste streams and publish the progress on the effectiveness of our Zero Waste strategies.

What we won’t have….

  • Plastic bags, bottled water

  • Styrofoam or polystyrene food containers (# 6)

  • Plastic cups, plates, straws and coffee stirrers

  • Individual condiment packages

Zero Waste Strategies:


  • All of our vendors will be required to use bio-plastics/ compostable plates, utensils, and sample cups to serve up their goods.

  • No paper coffee cups or single-use paper bags / all other paper products to have minimum percentage of post-consumer recycled content.

  • Consideration of providing a one source vendor to provide compostable goods available to vendors at the market.

  • Farmers are required to provide sustainable growing practices including disclosing the methods used for weed and pest control, soil fertility and appearance for “organic produce. 


  • Bring Your Own” Campaign:

    • Bags/totes/baskets

    • Containers/jars

    • Coffee mugs

    • Reusable water bottles

    • Plates/utensils

  • Reusable bags available for purchase

  • Special Events / How-To Clinics:

    • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle”

    • Composting 101

      • Gardening / soils

      • Composting/ composting exchange

      • Seed swaps

      • Healthy eating and nutrition seminars

      • Volunteer opportunites

      • Get paid in produce?

    • Donation days to local shelters, food banks, or soup kitchens, produce delivery to seniors

    • Demonstration kitchen for cooking/canning classes, fresh food preservation classes

    • Community commercial kitchen (catering, meal delivery, etc.)

    • Foodie Film festival”,

    • Youth education

      • Bio digester demonstration in partnership with the local school

      • Food tasting / cooking classes /”iron chef”

      • Seasonal / local food /connection to school lunch program

      • Farmer’s market show and tell at area schools

      • Gardening / composting exchange with school

      • Seed bombs

      • Healthy eating and nutrition seminars

      • Volunteer / intership opportunities

Composting / Recycling:

  • Market-goers were able to sort their “discarded” items at the Zero Waste Station receptacles for composting and recycling only. No trash receptacles will be provided since the goal is to achieve zero waste.

  • Composting material will be picked up and delivered to a locally operated composting operation and rich compost can be made available to patrons in the future for purchase.

  • Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) reused and converted to biodiesel whether taken off site or used as on-site demonstration project

  • Battery recycling / solar charging stations

  • Exchange bin for paper bags or reusable bags