Rock the Garden's lessons in zero waste
|Keeping rock sustainable...|
It's something to think about as the trash mounts at the fairgrounds.
|Sort right or go home!|
|Many choices, minimal waste|
However, it's actually a few ticks farther away from Eureka's zero-waste goal than they hoped because of the crapola weather. Turns out that most of us left behind our plastic ponchos, wet blankets (the literal ones, not the figurative), and other rain gear when we departed the lawns of the Walker. Although Hoffman said that many of the items could have been taken home, washed up, and reused, the concert-goers tossed them. Eureka wasn't prepared to take care of so many orphaned tarps.
|Compost finds a home.|
While it's a bit of a bummer, there is an upside. The food and drink vendors were planning and sorting like champs. The more than 100 volunteers who manned the recycling receptacles also did a yeoman's job. And perhaps most importantly, Eureka and the Walker learned a valuable lesson about including provisions for bad weather in their plans.
In all, 2,960 pounds of material were composted, while 1,459 pounds of bottles and cans and 720 of cardboard were recycled. That's not too shabby. So next year, Eureka and the Walker will remind rockers to bring--and to leave with--only reusable items.
|Recyclers work very hard.|
In the meantime, enjoy the fair, and keep in mind that all these other zero-waste efforts/events are rolling out in September:
Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour, Sunday, September 11, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Urban Assault Ride, Sunday, September 11, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (rescheduled date)
Autumn Brew Review, Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.MN 350 Moving Planet, Saturday, September 24, 2:00-7:00 p.m.