Zero waste event puts a sustainable Oregon on the horizon
Recology coordinated the sustainability component of this year’s Bite of Oregon, a benefit for the Special Olympics Oregon held in Portland on August 12th, 13th and 14th of this year.
The zero waste event was a success. 99% of the materials discarded over the three day period were diverted from going to a landfill. Last year’s diversion rate was 81%, which is not bad at all. Achieving 99% diversion is more impressive though because this year’s Bite had over 40,000 visitors from both near and far.
What does a zero waste success mean?
It means only 260 pounds of true waste were generated and sent to a landfill. Among those materials were soiled shrink wrap, soiled aluminum foil, wrappers, non-compostable packaging and baby diapers. It means the event was clean from start to finish, facilitated by great communication, education and effort.
It means that beyond the 99% diversion, over 1,200 people took the Recology pledge to reduce, reuse, recycle and Recologize™! There are now 1,200 more people who understand what we mean by WASTE ZERO.
At our company we really value team work. It’s what makes it a great place to work. Besides being a great team-building experience, there were several people who took leadership roles at the Bite who deserve a shout out. Steve P., Dan Van D., Leo A., Mike D., and Robert Ro. are rock stars.
Get in touch with us via our Recology Portland website to learn more about what we can do together!