Since Earth Fair’s inception, recycling education has been our priority. It first began with banning Styrofoam, purchasing custom recycling containers, and purchasing MI Green Safe Products for use throughout the event. However, we knew we needed to implement something more impactful in order to reach our low-waste goals.

In 2014, we piloted a Trash Audit program that helped to determine the quantities and types of materials we could expect from our 2-day event. In 2015, we officially launched our Green Team which is responsible for monitoring, tracking, sorting, and inventorying every bag, bin and container. In 2015, we generated less trash despite having our largest attendance ever!

Led by our Dumpster Diva, the Green Team helps us reduce our environmental footprint. We issue trash-free lunch guidelines so that the 1,200 school children that visit on a field trip understand, before they even arrive, how they can reduce waste at home, in the classroom and at our event; we discuss our low-waste goals with vendors before the start of the event and survey them afterward; and Trash Audit results are summarized into a report we make publicly available.

Volunteers are integral to the three Trash Audits we conduct. The first trash audit is conducted prior to the start of Earth Fair on Thursday, the second one on Saturday morning (an inventory of Friday’s waste), and the final one Saturday evening (an inventory of Saturday’s waste). During each Trash Audit, volunteers collect every recycling, garbage, compost and cardboard container into a central location. At the conclusion of our event, we know how many bags were collected each day, from which recycling station (allowing us to know which area generated the most waste), description of the contents, and the weight of each bag.

We’re proud to report we reduced our trash-to-landfill by 31% from 2014-2015 and we are looking forward to continue to apply what we learned in hopes of seeing further reductions in the amount of trash going to landfill.

Sign up to be part of our Green Team! Volunteers are eligible to receive a free t-shirt, mug or bag!

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  Download 2017 Volunteer Form

  2014 Trash Audit Report
  2015 Trash Audit Report

 

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