08/18/2011: "“Recycling At The Fair”"
By Helen Venada
Help the Fair save $$$$ on disposal fees by recycling more! Last year's recycling rate at the Fair was only 5%....We can do much better this year. There are large “RECYCLE” signs next to trash cans throughout the Fairgrounds.
You may notice that there are fewer waste collection stations this year...that's because we have fewer people on the collection crew. Also, fewer collection stations will encourage fair-goers to think about what they're throwing out during the walk to the trash and recycling containers.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.” If we slow down to fully enjoy all the Fair has to offer, we'll also make better choices about keeping recyclable items out of the garbage. Let's send less trash to the landfill and lower disposal costs for the Fair.
Here's what we can recycle all together (No liquids or food waste, please!):
Clean paper and cardboard
Besides active recycling, here are some other ideas to reduce waste at the Fair:
* Pick up a litter bag at the County's booth to hold all your goodies of the day. You can reuse it each day and then, at the end of the Fair, use it in your car or boat to collect trash.
* Bring your own reusable goodies bag to the Fair each day. Then, you can tell vendors, “No thank you, I don't need a bag!”
* Bring your personal refillable water bottle to the Fair to reduce the number of plastic water bottles.
* Avoid plastic as much as possible. Or, reuse plastics over and over again...plastics are built to last and last.
* Share your ideas about reducing waste (or any other trashy ideas) at the solid waste suggestion box at the County's booth. Our community needs YOU to help us re-think the whole garbage issue.
(Helen Venada is the SJC Waste Reduction Coordinator)