Taste of Vail fest honored for waste reduction efforts
VAIL — Taste of Vail organizers are being recognized this year with the Celebrate Green! award presented by the town of Vail in recognition of the event’s ongoing waste reduction efforts.
Since the inception of the Celebrate Green! program in 2010, the Vail Event Review Committee has developed increasing standards for event producers to go green. In particular, Taste of Vail is being honored for the strides that have made toward elevating the standards for composting and recycling at the annual American Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting.
Collaboration and reduction
One of the largest waste-generating events held annually in Vail, event producers and volunteers during the 2015 American Lamb Cook-Off reduced the amount of waste going to the landfill by 87 percent. Walking Mountains Science Center was hired to educate both the public and the participating vendors on how to separate compostable and recyclable waste from general refuse into clean streams through the Zero Hero program.
All of the participating restaurants are required to use only compostable serving ware, reusable linens and to recycle all glass bottles.
Here’s a look at the 2015 Taste of Vail waste reduction numbers:
• Debut of Rose: Total waste, 894.5 pounds (794 diverted) resulting in an 89 percent diversion rate.
• American Lamb Cook-Off: Total waste: 2,668.5 pounds (2,346.5 diverted) resulting in an 88 percent diversion rate.
• Mountaintop Picnic: Total waste 2,283 pounds (1,960 diverted) resulting in an 86 percent diversion rate.
Combined, the event generated 5,846 pounds of waste; 5,100.5 pounds were diverted from the landfill (through compost, recycling and cork programs) for an 87 percent event total diversion rate, or 745.5 pounds of trash going to the landfill.
Previous awards have been presented to the GoPro Mountain Games and Gourmet on Gore as two examples that raised the bar for events that Celebrate Green!
For more information, contact town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Manager Kristen Bertuglia at 970-477-3455.