Cutting down on wasted space in our local landfill is what has prompted officials to bring recycling initiatives to local festivals.

The Greater New Bedford Refuse Management District has placed a number of labeled bins at this weekends Whaling City Festival, with receptacles for regular trash, recyclables, and compost.

District Recycling Coordinator Marissa Perez-Dormitzer tells WBSM News items like unfinished food and used napkins can be turned into compost for landscaping and yard work.

Perez-Dormitzer says bottles and cans will be cashed in, with funds going towards marketing campaigns that promote recycling.

The Refuse Management District is also teaming up with events like 3rd Eye Unlimited and the Working Waterfront Festival later this year to keep the recycling initiative going.