Tonight the Vancouver Folk Music Festival kicks off their 35th annual show and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been working with Folk Fest for 21 years, helping them to reduce waste at an event that sees thousands of people eating and drinking outdoors over three days. Not an easy feat. Over the years their environmental committee has developed a zero-waste plan that works with the spirit of the event and could stand as a best-practices example for festival recycling. Keep reading to see exactly how they have succeeded…
As we hit the mid-point of the summer season, (weather notwithstanding this year!), and the zenith of festival-mania in Vancouver, it’s a good time to re-visit some of the tried and true benchmarks for guaranteeing your community event comes up clean and green in terms of its waste reduction and diversion efforts!
Over the last 20 years Recycling Alternative has gained a reputation for working closely with countless community events and festival organizers to collaborate, guide, educate and help implement robust recycling at various public events Vancouverites have come to associate with summer in our city.
Here are our TOP TRASHBUSTING TIPS for ensuring your event walks the talk by setting a high waste diversion standard that organizers and participants alike can be proud of when measuring the environmental impact of your celebration. Continue reading…
We are excited to be partnering with Make Music Vancouver this year as they usher in the first day of summer with the sounds of an impressive diversity of musical genres on the streets of Gastown!
Make Music Vancouver isn’t a stand-alone event – it is part of a global live music celebration that takes place every year on June 21st in over a hundred countries! Last year over 20,000 people Continue reading…
It’s great to see familiar faces and then the new droppers arriving each week at the Drop Spot.
In addition to the practical matter of providing a community model for serious food scraps diversion, the collective of droppers and volunteers at the Spot have come to realize the model offers an engaging and effective forum for community dialogue, public awareness and education on the topic of all things related to waste, food scraps and our local food cycle!
If the Drop Spot is any indication, it would appear that, almost as much as commiserating over the weather, Vancouverites love to talk trash!
When we started the winter model of our Drop Spots, we didn’t know what to expect, we just knew we couldn’t turn our backs on the amazing ground gained in terms of public awareness and more importantly, behaviour change.
In the West End, we knew we wanted to continue testing participation levels as the weather got colder and the Farmers Market packed up from Comox Street. We wondered if residents would continue to brave the weather and make the effort to participate in this community model to compost and divert their food scraps.
By now many of you may have heard about the hugely successful Recycling Alternative/Vancouver Farmers Market partnership to help West End apartment residents keep their food scraps out of the landfill.
Our innovative, pilot model DROP SPOT ran from August to Oct 22 . Public response to the DROP SPOT was enthusiastic to put it mildly, and The DROP SPOT became a hot spot of activity, engagement and conversation every Saturday during the West End Farmers Market. West End apartment and condo residents, hungry for food scraps diversion turned up in droves with bags, buckets and bowls of food scraps collected and kept out of the garbage each week.
The Drop Spot grew out of a partnership between Farmers Market and Recycling Alternative to piggy back food scraps collection for apartments on the existing traffic of Farmers Market shoppers who are heading to the market each Saturday to make local, sustainable choices about their food.