Zero waste volunteers drastically reduce contamination at the UBC Apple Festival

Zero Waste volunteer Eyal at the waste sorting station

Volunteer Eyal at the Zero Waste station


Ivana Zelenika, PhD Candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES); Dr. Tara Moreau and Dr. Jiaying Zhao research ways to reduce contamination of recycling and compost bins at public events in their peer-reviewed paper, “Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance.” Their research discovered that volunteer staff assistance reduced contamination (incorrect waste sorting) by up to 97% at our annual Apple Festival. This means less garbage going to landfills!

Open access to the full article is available until July 15th, 2018 through ScienceDirect.

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