In 1989 AWARE first formed with the mandate of outfitting the Resort Municipality of Whistler with a recycling program. AWARE continues to strive for waste reduction and started a social enterprise to help events minimize their waste to continue moving our community towards its Zero Waste Goals. The AWARE Zero Waste Heroes program, includes the following services:
Pre-event Waste Reduction Support – AWARE believes the best way to reduce waste is to not produce it in the first place. The second best way involves outfitting your event with recoverable, compostable and recyclable items. AWARE will assist your staff in identifying these items to aid in reducing the amount of waste your event generates and sends to landfill.
Day of Zero Waste Stations – Our knowledgeable Zero Waste Heroes staff will oversee hosted waste segregation stations on course and through your event grounds. These stations act as collection points for event waste, create an opportunity to educate event attendees on reducing their own waste and help people understand why your event chose to pursue its zero waste goal.
Post-event diversion follow-up – AWARE monitors event diversion weights and provides a recommendations report, which showcases your successes and identifies areas for improvement that your event can use as a baseline to beat in years to come.
All proceeds raised from the Zero Waste Heroes fee for service initiative continually supports AWARE’s local work, which includes safeguarding habitat, biodiversity and wilderness; connecting people with nature; and building sustainable communities.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to host a Zero Waste Station at your next event.
Our partnership with AWARE Whistler on the The North Face Whistler Half Marathon was a great success! The AWARE team ultimately helped us take our Garbage/Recycling Plan to the next level and provided us with a bench mark that we can work from and improve upon. We now have a stronger commitment to continuing to make the Whistler Half Marathon a sustainable event. It was an absolute pleasure working with the AWARE team and we look forward to next year!
~ Carlee Cindric, Whistler Half Marathon
In 2015 AWARE piloted Zero Waste Heroes with a few local events interested in increasing their waste diversion. This hands on experience helped AWARE fine tune the program to where it is today. Thank you to these events for supporting the Zero Waste Heroes program during its initial growth period.
Past events attended by the AWARE Zero Waste Station
Photo Credit: Deanna Campbell at the Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra