I attended a few events this weekend where beverages were served and I made some observations.
At Friday evening’s event recycling bins were available in one area and not in another. The recycling bins were well used and needed the bags changed at least once. Where there were no recycling bins, there were quite a few aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the garbage.
It was great to see so many recycling. I was encouraged that most people are recycling when given the choice.
The next evening I attended another event where beverages were being consumed. I did not see any recycling bins.
People began cleaning up at the end of the event. Several walked around with garbage bags. Everything including beverage containers from the tables went into the bag.
A few tables had beverage containers set aside, hopefully for recycling. There was a recycling bin at the far end of the bar.
I realized recycling wasn’t as well established as I had begun to believe the night before.
I also observed garbage bags in the recycling bins.
Clear bags need to be used for recycling so the contents are easily identified as recycling and less likely to go out with the garbage. If only clear bags are used for recycling it is less like likely that bags of garbage end up at the Recycling Centre.
I learned two things this weekend.
Recycling happens only when event planners and support staff are committed to recycling and make recycling bins available.
The Recycling Centre needs to let people know we can provide extra recycling bins and set up information for events so recycling will happen.
For more information call 204 687 6169.