In 2015, where we saw crowds of close to 800 people, we generated a 1/4 can of trash. Two of Rubbish Renewed organizers got into the bin at the end of the night, on top of the ONLY trash of the night, to prove it!
We educate, we inspire, and we walk our talk. From the beginning, hosting a large-scale event with little environmental impact has been a core part of our mission. How do we host a fundraising event with crowds of close to 1,000 people in the course of an evening and not generate a ton of trash? We consult the experts. ReThink Waste and Bend Garbage and Recycling are two sponsors who help us get as close as we can to zero waste. Bend Garbage and Recycling provide the bins and service, while ReThink Waste runs and trains the crowd at the event, helping them sort their waste accordingly.
As you can see from the photo above, we’ve been successful!
Rubbish Renewed continues to divert a ton of trash from the landfill. Last year, Rubbish Renewed achieved their 2015 goal and again only filled 1/4 can full of trash. This has been possible by supportive sponsors, socially conscious participants, and policies and structures (such as mandating compostable serving ware throughout the event) that ensure we continue to divert waste from the landfill, instead of contribute to it.
Now in 2017, where we will see crowds on Thursday night of well over 1,000 people, wait to see if we can fit all three organizers in the 35-gallon bin destined for the landfill.
View the full video from 2015 on our Facebook page.