With thousands of visitors to the Farm Progress Show each day, one can only imagine the amount of waste generated. But show management is continuously working to reduce the amount of that waste ending up in the landfill. A key component of that effort is recycling as much as possible.
Again this year the Farm Progress Show is working with Macon County Environmental Management to recycle plastic containers, cups and cardboard.
"In 2013 we recycled 4,000 lbs. of plastic," says Debra Garrett, director. "In addition, about 12,000 lbs. of cardboard was recycled, rather than being sent to the landfill." She notes, however, that these figures are only a portion of the total recycling that could be done.
"Every person, whether visitor or exhibitor, has an opportunity to recycle," she continues. "We really want to be more sustainable and reduce the waste footprint by recycling," says Garrett.
For visitors, 175 special containers will be located around the grounds for collecting plastic bottles, cups and aluminum cans.
Cardboard biggest problem
Naturally, exhibitors discard lots of cardboard, especially during set up. "We are encouraging them to break down their cardboard boxes and put it in the designated area for recycling," says Laurie Rasmus, deputy director.
Technology helps with the recycling effort, Garrett says. "Two years ago, many exhibitors had video displays for visitors to view rather than paper to take home to read. There was thus less paper and cardboard in the recycling and waste stream. Less stuff and less waste is always a positive in my opinion."
Garrett gives a lot of credit to show management for initiating the effort to reduce trash sent to the landfill. "They came to us for help," she notes.