Red, White & BOOM! shatters previous records for recycling |
COLUMBUS, OH (July 8, 2011)
For the fourth consecutive year, attendees at Red, White & BOOM! showed their “green” spirit through recycling. During the cleanup effort, Rumpke recovered and will recycle 47,737 pounds of materials, an increase of 63 percent from last year.
“Year after year, we continue to be impressed by the commitment to recycling at Red, White & BOOM!” said Todd Wielinski, Rumpke operations manager. “For a single day event, we were able to divert a significant amount of material from the landfill.”
In 2008, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources designated Red, White & BOOM! as the pilot special event for this recycling program. Since then, more than 100,000 pounds of materials have been recycled at Red, White & BOOM! Attendees recycle the same items at Red, White & BOOM! as they do at home, including paper products, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles. Event organizers also work closely with vendors to encourage cardboard recycling.
“This year’s dramatic increase in participation reflects growing public recognition that recycling is more than an important environmental issue,” said Ted Lozier, chief of the Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention at ODNR. “It is a key part of economic development, quality of life and Ohio’s overall competitive position. We are proud to participate in this unique partnership.”
With over 450,000 people in the downtown area to watch the fireworks and participate in the day’s activities, an enormous amount of trash is generated each year. The partnership between Red, White & BOOM!, Rumpke and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures that 62% of this refuse will not make it into a landfill. This year’s volume of recycling is the largest on record and the highest percentage of recyclable material from previous BOOM!’s.
“Each year, we exceed our own expectations and set new standards for recycling,” said Mike Collins, executive director of Red, White & BOOM! and president of Promotions One, Inc. “As the state model for festival recycling, we are happy to see this growth and are thrilled that this partnership with ODNR and Rumpke is helping us continue to raise the bar on recycling.”