Runaway Country fans recycled 10,000 pounds of aluminum, plastic, paperFans watch Randy Travis from rented lifeguard chairs Sunday at the
2012 Runaway Country Space Coast Music Festival at
Wickham Park, in Melbourne. Courtesy of FLORIDA TODAY.
The total amounted to a 50 percent recycling rate, a number that Waste Management and KBB officials say was lowered because of the amount of garbage thrown away by vendors.
In fact, KBB executive director Tony Sasso said he saw a number of concert-goers take their recyclables out of garbage cans when they saw one of the 100 recycling carts that were placed throughout Wickham Park.
Roughly 160 KBB volunteers helped keep the garbage and recycling carts empty and picked up trash left on the ground each morning.
The mix of recyclable material was 40 percent aluminum, 30 percent plastic and 3 percent paper and cardboard. Waste Management estimated the resources saved by the weekend recycling to include 32 mature trees, 25 cubic yards of landfill airspace, 42,091 kilowatts of electricity and 10,500 gallons of water.
Source: Florida Today