Just a taste of zero waste
Last week we reported on the unfortunate situation that occurred after a mighty effort at recycling trash from the Frisco BBQ Challenge was compromised when some of the material ended up in the landfill anyway. While tempting to point fingers of blame, it seems clear that would be counter-productive to the ultimate goal. Nor is it apparent that there is a single person or entity to have dropped the ball completely.
The “zero waste” goal of Frisco and other towns is, like most goals, something to be strived toward. In the case of the BBQ Challenge, one doesn’t change the use-it/toss-it habits of thousands of people overnight. It takes time, education, commitment and help along the way. From the vendors who roll in with their grill from Oklahoma to the person looking for a place to dispose of that plate, fork and napkin to those charged with sorting and hauling the items to either the landfill or the recycling center, there are many points along the way for errors to be made – and better habits formed.
What the landfill mishap tells us, more than anything, is that we still have some learning to do about how to manage events toward that zero-waste goal. Since many Summit County folks understand and appreciate the consequences of the disposable society we’ve created, it seems clear that we, as a community, want to see zero-waste efforts succeed. We want to make a statement that it’s possible for people to get together for an event without creating several pounds of landfill trash per person.
We applaud the efforts of the Town of Frisco, High Country Conservation Center, the volunteers who helped guide trash into the right places and Waste Management for being part of it. Lessons, no doubt, were learned, and we look forward to this coming holiday weekend, where opportunities to choose “trash” or “recycle” will abound. As we are all consumers and disposers, we all have an opportunity to make a small difference here. Cumulatively, it all goes toward that “zero waste” goal.
-The Summit Daily Editorial Board consists of Jim Morgan, Alex Miller, Ryan Wondercheck, Matt Sandberg, Morgan Liddick and Howard Hallman.
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