Zero Waste? Just a Picnic in the Park.

CalRecycle staff sorting trash

 

When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees.

This was all about the zero waste competition to see which group of CalRecycle staffers created less waste at their picnic event.

The social committees and zero waste team coordinated the competition, asking attendees to bring their reusable plates, utensils, and cups. Those who forgot to bring those items were able the rent a mess kit for $1.

Each picnic event had stations for waste, compost, and recycling. Food waste was composted, excess food was donated to a local charity, and cans and plastic bottles were recycled.

The remaining waste was weighed and divided by the number of attendees to come up with a comparable metric for the two picnics: per capita disposal, or the amount of waste per person.

Now, on to the results. With a total of .011 lbs. of waste per person, the winner of the 2019 competition was … Southern California!

Sacramento came oh-so-close with .013 lbs. of waste per person.

In all, CalRecycle staff diverted 91.9 lbs. of waste from this year’s annual picnics, which is a major reduction from the 2018 total of 139.9 lbs. So, in many ways, everyone who participated was truly a winner.  

Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic.When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees. Here’s video of the Sacramento picnic. 

 

Zero waste picnic

 

— Syd Fong
Posted on Sep 5, 2019

Summary: When CalRecycle staffers met up for the recent annual summer picnics, it was not all about the food and fun. Bragging rights were also up for grab between the Sacramento and Southern California employees.