Barbecue Time – Canada

Posted on July 28, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Barbecue Time.

For two events catered by environmentally savvy caterer
1) For 1400 people.  The waste generated was primarily soiled plastic wrap, cans and plastic bottles, food waste, compostable plates and cutlery, napkins and cardboard. Total materials generated were 265.3 kg. Total materials diverted/recycled were 260.2 kg. Only the soiled plastic wrap (5.1 kg) was sent to landfill, so total diversion was a whopping 98 per cent!

Second event
2) 3,300 people (of a total 6,000 employee roster) turned out to enjoy a foot-stomping good time and in the process were able to divert food waste, flatware, cutlery, napkins, cardboard, salad containers, pop cans, fuel cans and plastic wrap. Total waste generated was 1,253.5 kg. Total materials recycled were 1,252 kg. The only waste sent to landfill was a small 1.5 kg bag of soiled plastic wrap and latex gloves for sanitary food handling. Total diversion: 99 per cent.

This is where we need to all be heading.  Coupled with only using non disposable cups, plates and cutlery to stop this much trash in the first place.