The Zero Waste Heroes had a successful 2018! In the programs sixth year in action, our team worked to reduce and divert waste at 22 Farmers Markets, 11 Outdoor Concert Series, 7 major events and 2 neighborhood block parties.
Our hosted zero waste stations help events achieve a high level of diversion, while also educating the station user on how to recycle properly. Over 23,000 people used the AWARE zero waste stations in 2018 and we had in-depth conversations around waste with over 600 people.
In addition to helping events manage their waste on the day(s) of their event, we also work closely with events to help identify opportunities for waste reduction. We strongly believe that the best way to deal with waste is to not create it in the first place. From product purchasing to menu creation, events have a lot of opportunities to design out waste creation in the planning stages.
Of the 42 events we supported this Summer, 40 of them were zero waste. An event is considered zero waste when 90% of its waste is diverted from landfill. Although 90% in an incredible achievement we always aim to push events as close to 100% diversion as possible.
Learn more about the Zero Waste Heroes Program.
Our community has come a long way on its zero waste journey, but we still have a long way to go. Everyone plays a role in this process, so love this place, reduce your waste.