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Festivalgoers help with ‘zero waste’ goals

by on August 10, 2017 9:21 AM

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP — More than 5,400 pounds of organics and recyclable material were collected during the four-day Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and The People’s Choice  Festival. That included more than 33,000 water bottles, lemonade cups and aluminum cans — enough to line the Arts Festival route end to end nearly 2.5 times.

Festival attendees were given many recycling options from which to choose. Recycling bins were set up throughout festival grounds for bottles, cans, cups and French fry buckets. There also were bins for collecting compostable materials.

Arts Fest gets “greener” each year thanks to the efforts of Fest Zero, made up of a group of Penn State alumni, current students and concerned citizens, the Borough of State College, the Pennsylvania State University and the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. New this year was the donation of food items to local shelters following the event. 

“Reduce, reuse, recycle, in that order,” said Joanne Shafer, recycling coordinator for Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. “The more you reduce, the less you have to worry about in the end.”  

It was a great year for recycling at the local festivals. Thanks to the efforts of the festival attendees, approximately 50 percent of waste by volume was diverted from the landfill.

 

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