There were four dumpsters that everything had to be sorted into: landfill, recycling paper, recycling non-paper, and compost. Our goal was to keep the landfill dumpster to a minimum. (I believe at the San Fran green festival they diverted 96% of the festival waste from the landfill.) There was some recycling thrown in there already, so me and a couple others hopped right in and got out as much as we could. Not bad. Except it was really huge and I had to get some help climbing back out!
I spent the next four hours going through every bag of trash that came out out to the dock, doing quality control on the sorting job happening inside at each trash station. Oh man! with all those signs and people stationed at each bin, you’d think that a heap of styrofoam packing peanuts wouldn’t wind up in a compost bag… super-yuck! We had big yellow gloves, too. Someone mentioned a tv show about dirty jobs, and we chuckled.
It felt really good to be doing what I though was the most concrete contribution for keeping the festival green. 6 years ago