Fireworks Bring Out the Green |
Recycling Increases at Red, White & BOOM!
Columbus, Ohio – July 23, 2010 – Red, White & BOOM! offered recycling for the third year in a row and the people in attendance took full advantage of the “green” option by recycling 29,320 pounds of waste, an increase of 33 percent from last year and 877 percent from 2008.
“For a one-day event, this is a tremendous amount of recycling. Rumpke is honored to be part of such a great event and to work in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Promotions One to bring recycling to BOOM.” said Todd Wielinski, operations manager for Rumpke.
Red, White & BOOM! partnered with Rumpke Recycling, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Promotions One, Inc. to place 250 recycling containers around the event. The 96-gallon recycling containers were green and easily identified by the bright yellow lid with a hole cut in the top. Attendees and vendors could recycle paper products, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles. Rumpke Recycling crews continually collected the recyclables during the event. The materials were transported to Rumpke Recycling’s material recovery facility, located on Fields Avenue in Columbus, for sorting and processing. A video of the recycling process is available on www.rumpkrecycling.com.
“The most encouraging part of any sustainability strategy is the recognition of how much value can be created from items we used to carelessly toss away,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “By combining the innovation of the private sector with the people’s fast-emerging ‘green’ awareness, we are creating jobs, finding new uses for our waste and saving needed space in our landfills.”
“Red, White & BOOM! is delighted to continue to benefit from this multi-faceted partnership,” said Mike Collins, executive director of Red, White & BOOM! and president of Promotions One, Inc. “As the state model for festival recycling in conjunction with ODNR, Rumpke and Promotions One, the growth of this ‘Green Effort’ is exemplary and continues to set the standard for other significant festivals across the state.”