NC State Fair 2008 Wrap Up

The N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance worked with the N.C. Department of Agriculture to coordinate recycling stations for the collection of plastic bottles and aluminum cans throughout the fairgrounds during the 2008 State Fair.

The fair was held 11 days in October. More than 200 volunteers helped staff the stations to prevent contamination of the recyclables. There were four recycling stations throughout the fairgrounds that had two volunteers per shift. The stations were located by Dorton Area, the Midway, the Green NC booth and the Village of Yesteryear. The shifts were three hours each starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. Twenty (each six feet tall) colorful corrugated plastic containers were used to collect the cans and bottles. This was the first year for public recycling and fair goers did well, putting very little garbage in the recycling bins; volunteers pulled it out!

Waste Industries recycled 1.54 tons of cans and bottles from the fair. The manure from the livestock pens was sent for composting. This year they got an estimated 300 to 400 tons. Also at this year’s fair, 7,500 gallons of fryer grease were successfully collected for conversion to biodiesel fuel by Carolina Biofuels.

Does your local fair recycle? Have you staffed an educational booth at your county fair? What are your lessons learned?

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