In July of 2010 the EcNow Tech Team reached a major milestone with key partners in the Da Vinci Days organization, local volunteers, OSU Campus Recycling and Allied Waste. The three day Da Vinci Days festival in Corvallis, Oregon converted their food court to compostable products, staffed collection bins with volunteers and enabled a dramatic reduction in landfill waste at the event.
Some excerpts from the Report by Andrea Norris (OSU Campus Recycling)
the entire document can be viewed at: http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/resources/da.Vinci.Days.2010.Waste.Initiative.Report.pdf
We had 31 waste stations for attendees.
• 7 were staffed by volunteers during most of the
event (all but after dark).
• 24 stations were unstaffed, located away from
the food court.
• Vendors were provided with their own trash and
recycling receptacles that were unstaffed.
• Each full, staffed station
had 4 bins: compost,
trash, and beer cups.
We diverted (recycled and composted) an entire ton
of material (2,004 lbs) from the landfill!
• We diverted (recycled and composted) 27 cubic yds
from the landfill - equal to 4.5 standard dumpsters!
From 2009 to 2010, the festival cut landfill-bound
trash in half, from 6,820 to 3,375 lbs.
• Taking into account festival attendance, our per capita
trash was reduced by 43% from 2009 to 2010.
In total we diverted 64% of festival waste, by volume.
• Trash, recycling and compost were divided roughly in
thirds, by volume.