Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happiness is a half-empty trash bag

The zero-waste efforts at the Linden Hills Festival just keep getting better and better. This is my third year of helping out with disposal monitoring, and each year the trash decreases. This is what happens when everyone from festival organizers to vendors to visitors are on board with reducing waste.

Covered in cotton candy!

Mmmmmm, mini donuts.

Plenty of helpful signs ...

plus friendly disposal monitors ...

equal a very happy Trashbasher!

10 64-gallon carts filled to the brim with organics, and just a half a bag of trash (on the left). The official weights:
organics: 588.5 pounds
trash: 16.5 pounds
plastic bottles: 7 pounds
cans: 30 pounds

Linden Hills Power & Light paid for this compost to be delivered to the festival to show residents how their food scraps and non-recyclable papers get turned into this lovely, rich compost. And the compost was free for the taking.

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