Now that festival season has begun, why not try to make it environmentally friendly and go green this year. The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District will loan recycling containers free of charge and clearly marked for recyclables. They are best placed near trash receptacles to encourage festival goers to recycle their empty aluminum cans or plastic bottles. If your event will be selling bottled water or cans of soda, these containers are perfect. The District will have the recycling containers available throughout the summer. They can be picked up at the Solid Waste District Office, 5138 Enterprise Blvd. in Warren.
“It is best that organizers call in their event date and reserve their containers. They are collapsible and lightweight and include large 45 gallon clear bags,” said Holly Carine, Community Outreach Coordinator for the District.
Festivals large or small are great venues to show your support for the environment. Nationwide, festivals are beginning to pay closer attention to waste management and are incorporating sustainable waste practices such as distributing reusable souvenir cups and providing water bottle filling stations. Some of the larger music festivals such as Bonnaroo produces more than 679 tons of waste over four days. That is 15 pounds of waste per attendee which is nearly twice what the average American disposes at home.
The Solid Waste District hosts over 40 community recycling drop-off sites accepting plastic bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans and clean, dry paper products. No garbage or any other waste items are allowed. For information, visit gottagogreen.org or call 330-675-2673.