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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recycling Expert Interview (One Bag Event: Post 2)

I got chosen as one of 10 bloggers to be a part of a collaboration of Foodbuzz and Glad to promote recycling, compost, and elimination of waste. As part of this, I received Glad products, and a trash can/recycling bin. Even though I was compensated for these posts, the opinions contained in the post are all my own. 


In preparation for my event, I got the chance to talk to a recycling specialist to get some ideas for my One Bag Event. You can read my previous post about this event here: One Bag Event: Post 1


A lot of the ideas that I already had were similar to the ones that she offered me. 


One of the biggest things that she emphasized was focusing on things that are reusable before using recyclable or compostabe items. Recycling and compost are both great, but being able to reuse something is even better. 


One of her biggest suggestions was to go to a store and buy a "party" set of plates. She suggested buying 20 or so fun  plates that you can use and reuse for parties. She suggested getting cups, cloth napkins, and even silverware to match. This is a great way to be more eco-friendly, because you can always reuse them! 


As an alternative to the above, she suggested just going to a thrift store and buying a bunch of random plates and cups, so you have a bunch of fun and different patterns as your "party," set. 


Another thing she brought up was to find out what sort of recycling programs my school (BYU-Idaho) had. I already knew of boxes around the school for cans and paper, but I guess we actually have a recycling center. She suggested I talk to them to see if they could help with creating a recycling program at my apartment, when I do in the future.  I work in an office on campus, and we have recycling boxes as well, but a lot of the documents we deal with are confidential, so its more difficult for us to recycle. 


Talking to her really helped me to decide what I wanted to do for my party. 


My first idea was to have a party for my apartment complex and design a recycling program for our complex(since one doesn't exist) and then use the party to introduce everyone to it. Since I only have a month to plan and host my event, and this would take a lot more time, I decided against it, although, I still want to establish some sort of recycling program here in the near future. 


My second idea was to have a Back to School party (since we just started yesterday), invite our friends, show friends how easy it is to recycle, and only create one bag of trash from the party. 


The second option is the one I chose to go with. We are hosting a party on Thursday night. We've been planning lots of great food and fun, and I'm really excited!

Stay tuned for next week's post, in which I will post pictures of the party, and show you exactly what I did to ensure that we only created one bag of trash!





On a side note, isn't California beautiful???



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