The Indiana State Fair Commission (Aug. 2-18, 2013), the Arlington County Fair (Aug. 7-11, 2013) in Virginia and the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede (Aug. 21 -25, 2013) in Washington have partnered with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Stamford, Conn., and the Alcoa Foundation, New York, to place recycling bins throughout their respective fairgrounds.
The three fairs have been selected to receive grant funding from Alcoa Foundation to fund additional recycling bins, technical and communications tools, support and training and the identification of cost-effective practices, all managed by national nonprofit KAB [www.kab.org]. KAB also is partnering with local groups at each fair to provide an accompanying educational booth, designed to raise awareness about the environmental and economic impact of recycling.
The initiative in Indiana will include the placement of nearly 60 new recycling bins and new instructional wraps for 25 existing bins located throughout public spaces on the fairgrounds. The Kitsap County Fair in Washington is providing 20 temporary public space bins for recycling, and Alcoa Foundation will fund an additional 30 new bins for fairgoers, including five for composting, plus 40 65-gallon wheeled recycling carts for concessionaires to use. The Arlington County Fair will have more than 100 bins on hand for recycling, including 25 wheeled carts provided by Alcoa Foundation for on-site vendors to use to recycle and 25 public space bins.
“Our team is very excited to be sharing our expertise at these state and county fairs,” says Kelley Dennings, senior director of recycling at KAB. “Events of this size and nature can generate enormous amounts of waste. This enhanced focus on recycling will ensure a significant decrease in that waste.”
Tricia Napor, principal manager environmental partnerships at Alcoa Foundation, says, “We’re proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful and support sustainability efforts at these upcoming fairs. Fairs are exceptional venues to influence recycling behaviors for people of all ages.”
Well more than one-dozen tons of cardboard and metal will be generated at the fairs, the two groups say.