Zero Waste Community Events Demonstrate 90% Recovery of Discards CAN Happen
Zero Waste Events are like mini Zero Waste communities: Event planners (like legislators on the macro level) set rules that require all vendors (businesses) to sell only reusable, recyclable or compostable materials. The infrastructure for “waste” (trash cans and landfills) is replaced with Zero Waste Stations for recycling and compost (resource recovery parks on the large scale), and the cooperative efforts of the whole event (community) result in recovering 90% or more of the discards.
Zero Waste Events Update:
Eco-Cycle has been providing Zero Waste Event services for 16 years, but our 2011 Zero Waste Event season was the busiestand most successful yet. An average of 90% of all event discards were diverted from the landfill, and more than 23,000 lbs. of waste were composted and recycled. We’re hoping to break the record this next event season!
Among the 40 mid-to-large-scale events we serviced this year were the Lafayette Peach Festival, the Boulder Asian Festival, the Boulder Jewish Festival, Longmont’s Venus de Miles, and the first ongoing Zero Waste Event in the country, the Boulder Farmers’ Market!
We want to give a big THANK YOU to all the dedicated event planners, vendors and volunteers who helped make our community festivals and events fun and sustainable.
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