Mission: Zero Waste
The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is partnering once again with Recology Mountain View and the City of Mountain View to promote and encourage Zero Waste at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 9-10.
"Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle," said Tony Siress, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. "We’re on a mission to make this a Zero Waste festival—it’s a top priority for us and something we diligently plan for and try to improve upon every year.”
The festival has taken steps to make it easier than ever for festivalgoers and vendors to be environmentally-friendly by recycling and composting where possible. Festival food and beverage vendors are required to use recyclable and compostable foodware and drinkware.
Specially marked free-standing containers will be positioned throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass and plastic as well as for composting food scraps (including meat and bones), paper plates, bio-degradable cups, chopsticks, skewers and napkins. There will be large recycling and compost containers in strategic behind-the-scenes locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors to utilize.
Green bio-degradable bags will be provided to food vendors for the placement of their food waste and soiled paper waste created behind the counter. The vendors will be instructed to place their compostable material in the clearly labelled compost container that will be pointed out on a disposal map.
"We want to be absolutely certain we’re doing everything possible to maximize recycling and composting and to minimize trash," said Siress. The festival recycles an estimated 5,000 glass and aluminum bottles and cans each year.
This year, specially marked compost and recycling containers will be positioned at 70 different receptacle stations throughout the festival pedestrian route in order to divert as much material as possible away from the landfill.
The festival is also encouraging the use of public transportation, bicycles and car pools to minimize carbon emissions and reduce vehicular traffic. Downtown Mountain View is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus service as well as Caltrain. The transit center drops riders off at the festival “doorstep”. Secure bicycle valet parking will be offered by the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail at Castro and Church Streets.
“We’re pleased to partner again with the Chamber of Commerce and appreciate the concerted effort they’ve made to refine and improve recycling operations,” said Kevin Chiapello, Recology Mountain View General Manager. “It fits in with our efforts to create a sustainable community, will help to promote recycling and will reduce the amount of garbage placed in landfills.”
Recology Mountain View is an employee-owned company providing curbside collection of recycling, organics and garbage service to residents of the City of Mountain View. The company also provides Mountain View commercial customers with recycling, organics, garbage and debris box service. For additional information, please go to http://www.recologymountainview.com.