The Ottawa Bluesfest organization has been recognized by the Recycling Council of Ontario with multiple awards for waste minimization.
Ottawa Bluesfest is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to significantly reducing the source of all on-site waste products and monitoring and improving the collection and management of these products. RBC Bluesfest organizers will strongly encourage all suppliers, partners, and fans of the festival to follow their lead in this endeavour.
In response to the positive feedback from the public for their greening efforts, RBC Bluesfest organizers will continue to maintain specific greening initiatives. RBC Bluesfest has a comprehensive recycling program in place to minimize waste created by the event For example, the RBC Bluesfest uses innovative recycling receptacles, known as the ClearStream CycleMax. This strategy has proven to be extremely successful in the recovery of recyclable materials and greatly reduces the amount of litter sent to landfill sites. The receptacle utilizes a clear bag that is re-usable. The transparency of the bag discourages contamination by non-recyclable items.
Organizers continue to encourage people to bicycle to the event by providing FREE supervised bike parking. RBC Bluesfest also uses compostable platters and cups for food and beverage products. And finally, the festival is pleased to announce they will be using environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout the festival site. To better manage these greening programs, RBC Bluesfest recruits volunteers for its ‘Green Team’ to inform patrons on best practices to participate in these initiatives.
“RBC Bluesfest recognizes that everyone has a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. By working towards this goal, the festival hopes to lead by example,” says RBC Bluesfest’s executive director, Mark Monahan. “Our hope is that this catches on with other events as well.”
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