Join us for our first Virtual BIDE Market | March 22, 2020 at 10 AM CST

Mission 02. Waste-Free

BIDE Market was inspired when our founder became baffled by the amount of plastic and unnecessary waste found throughout markets and events in Chicago and around the country. It is no surprise that she made it her mission to make sure BIDE did not contribute to the waste epidemic America is facing today. In order to do that, we have proudly partnered with Wastenot Compost, Chicago’s first zero-emissions compost collection service for homes, businesses, and events.

Composting not only helps brands and residents reduce their negative impact on the planet, but it ultimately saves money and resources. Over 40% of residential waste is compostable, yet more than 20% is sent to the landfill. Making food the largest single source of waste in the U.S. That’s more than plastic or paper combined.

WasteNot implements a specific composting program that suits our needs to ensure maximum landfill diversion and operational efficiency. They have designed us a unique program, that supplies our markets with the necessary receptacles and aid in implementation such as community education.

What we do and can compost at BIDE:

  • Food
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Bamboo toliet paper
  • Biodegradable paper plates and bowels
  • Biodegradable utensils
  • Biodegradable cups

*Please note:

  • It is mandatory for all BIDE participants use only compostable or recyclable material for any single-use packaging.
  • A recycling bin can also be found at BIDE.
  • There is no trash available.
  • Beverages (please ask bartender to pour out before composting cup.)


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