Volunteers needed to help 'green' Bay Days

Bay Days is an amazing four-day festival that has entertained, fed and inspired Bay Village for years. It is a great tradition. However, the downside of any festival is the waste produced, and the Bay Village Green Team is working to help reduce waste during Bay Days.

The Green Team has partnered with Bay Village Kiwanis for the last several years to increase recycling and composting at the event, thus reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Last year the city's service department provided a 20-cubic-yard dumpster for recycling and 30 cubic yards for trash. This is a marked improvement from five years ago, when the capacity ratio was 8 cubic yards for recycling and 60 cubic yards for trash. Kiwanis also filled a 95-gallon composting tote last year with potato scraps from their popular curly fries booth.

With cooperation from the city and Kiwanis, the Bay Village Green team hopes to eventually make Bay Days a near-zero-waste event! Our landfills and our "footprint" on the earth are in critical condition and need our serious attention today.

The Green Team needs your help! We need just two hours of your time during one day of Bay Days. We are looking for a few volunteers for each of the four days, June 30 to July 4. If you are going to the event anyway, or just are willing to come for even two hours, you can help the Green Team achieve our goals. All ages are welcome to volunteer (children should be accompanied by an adult guardian).

Volunteers will help direct festival guests to the proper use of the various waste stream containers available – compost, recycle and trash.

Landfills take fertile farmland and must be monitored for hazardous materials forever. Together we can reduce landfill use and keep Bay Village one of the best cities for recycling and reducing trash in the state.

Keep Bay green! Please contact warren@bayvillagegreenteam.org for more information or to volunteer.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017