July’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was a boon for recycling endeavors, according to a release from the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority.
About 4,000 pounds of recyclables were collected during the four-day festival, almost 10 times the amount collected a year ago.
“We’ve been recycling at Arts Fest since 1990,” event organizer Joanne Shafer said in the release, “but this year, a very dedicated group of volunteers vowed to improve the efforts.”
Shafer and fellow organizer Brad Fey credited the work of FestZero — a group of Penn State alumni, students and residents — the borough, Penn State and the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority for “stepping up” collection.
Shafer also credited Arts Fest Director of Operations Carol Baney and the crew of The Proud, The Few, The Green as the unsung heroes of the festival. The Green crew were responsible for emptying trash receptacles around the event.
Shafer said one of the reasons for the dramatic increase of recyclables collected was the presence of a recycling container with every trash receptacle along East College Ave. “Every time someone threw something away, they had a chance to recycle,” she said.
Organic waste also was collected during the festival as part of the borough’s organics recycling program. Items like paper plates and cups, wax paper and food were collected by the borough to be taken to the composting site in Patton Township.
All recyclable materials are processed at the recycling authority in Bellefonte.
“We started the recycling program in this area 25 years ago,” Shafer said. “People have grown up with recycling at home and at work and now they expect to be able to recycle when they go to public functions.”
Recycling efforts are expected to expand in 2015.