Strawberry Festival Goes Greener

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Each year approximately 35,000 people attend the Strawberry Festival. This fun annual event creates a lot of garbage, totaling about 140,000 pounds of combined materials that is usually trucked off island to the landfill. That’s not very “green”; we can do better.

A large portion of festival waste is recyclable. This year, Zero Waste Vashon will be managing 17 recycle and food waste stations to keep recyclables like food, aluminum, glass, and paper out of the landfill and used as a resource. ZWV needs volunteers to help monitor the stations, bring the recyclables and food waste to the central collection point, measure progress, and help Festival-goers get everything in the right place. Please consider volunteering with Zero Waste Vashon to help make our Greener Strawberry Fest a success! The shifts are just 2-3 hrs. This link will take you to the vol-unteer sign-up page where you can learn more about the jobs and available time slots: http://signup.com/go/uoHtsfR  If you have any trouble with the link or prefer to sign up over the phone, please contact Marian Whited, Volunteer Coordinator at 206-909-3534

If you are unable to volunteer, you can still help by sorting your waste into the correct  bins:  Mixed Recycling, Food Waste and Trash. Keep an eye out for the “Waste Not Want Not” flags above the waste stations, and please stop by the ZWV booth in front of Hinge Gallery for some Green ideas and freebies .

Thanks to our partners Waste Connections, BioBags, King County Solid Waste, and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce for supporting this project to make Vashon even Greener!
For more information about ZWV, visit: www.zerowastevashon.org