Fairground recycling gets a boost

Fried dough, giant squash … and waste diversion

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Some state and county fair-goers will see more recycling bins beside the food-on-a-stick stands later this summer.

Thanks to funds from Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Alcoa Foundation, fairgrounds in three states will be offering increased recycling access. The 2013 Indiana State Fair, the Arlington County Fair in Virginia, and the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede in Washington were selected to receive the grants, which will go toward additional recycling bins and various educational tools to support recycling efforts.

In a press release, KAB's Senior Director of Recycling, Kelley Dennings, underscored just how impactful the funds could be for increased landfill diversion and recycling awareness: "Events of this size and nature can generate enormous amounts of waste. This enhanced focus on recycling will ensure a significant decrease in that waste. We also anticipate that the awareness generated will ensure long-term recycling habits in the hundreds of thousands of people who attend."

KAB and Alcoa announced their plans to work together to increase recycling rates in September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. As part of the "Action to Accelerate Recycling" partnership, KAB and Alcoa committed to providing support to up to six "undeserved" county and state fairgrounds across the country.

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