Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Volunteer #138, disposal monitor

The waste-diversion effort Sunday at the Linden Hills Festival was a smashing success.
4,000 attendees
448 lbs of compostables
39 lbs of trash

Gail Rosenblum wrote about it for Tuesday's Star Tribune.

Here I am manning my post

Ten carts full of organics

ONE bag of trash, three-quarters full

Keiko Veasey, organizer of the festival's 'zero waste' effort

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Exciting news! Eastside now accepting #3 and 7 plastics!

I just got rid of at least a year and a half's worth of PVC (#3), most in the form of Lactated Ringer's solution bags that I collect from our vet clinic! So exciting!! Eastside Food Co-op is in northeast Minneapolis at 2551 Central Ave. NE

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Derby Day party goes low-waste

My friend Nan let me make her annual Derby Day party a low-waste event. We used real plates, utensils and glasses, and encouraged people to bring their potluck contributions in reusable dishes.

At the end of the night, we'd collected 13.2 pounds of compostables and 6 ounces of trash. Yes, ounces. The trash consisted of about 20 straws, a few single-serving butter wrappers and a diaper (thanks, Bodhi!). We also collected 30.2 pounds of glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Nan knew there wouldn't be much trash after all the food and paper waste were collected, but she was amazed at just how little we ended up with.