The New Community Coalition was pleased to help make this year’s Fourth of July Fireman’s Picnic a huge waste diversion success! For the second year the firefighters chose to use compostable plates and cutlery for the picnic. TNCC staff and volunteers became compost and recycling directors – letting everyone know that nearly all their picnic items were either compostable or recyclable. Special thanks to Ryan Smith, John Holstrom and Colleen Trout for their stalwart station managing. It can be a bit of a messy job – but the thanks we get from the picnicgoers overcomes the sometimes sticky results.
And results were great! From the picnic we captured 9 cubic yards of compostables and six cubic yards of recyclables with only three yards of trash generated! Most of the rectangular, mid-sized, gray trash dumpsters you see around town hold three cubic yards so you can visualize the comparisons. Working the numbers, we achieved an 83 percent diversion rate!
Our thanks again to our volunteers – and our amazing firefighting folks! We hope we never have to see them professionally, which makes it a real treat to work with them socially to create the best Fourth of July picnic ever!
– Kris Holstrom, The New Community Coalition