As Milwaukeeans, we love our street fests. As compost and sustainability experts, it’s a little tough to see all those corncobs and plastic beer cups in a garbage can headed to a landfill. On September 16th, we’re partnering for the 5th year with the amazing Bay View Bash team and Blue Ribbon Organics to change the way neighborhood festivals can think through their “waste” stream. After all, “it’s only waste if it’s wasted.” Food scraps and recyclables are an important part of our sustainable future, and we reclaimed one metric ton from the landfill in both 2015 and 2016. We do this through hand-sorting all materials that make their way into a receptacle at the Bash.
As a near-zero waste event (and 100% volunteer-run one at that), we need your help! If you’ve ever wondered what it might take to compost your own backyard BBQ, block party, or street fest – this volunteer event is for you. Participants walk away (albeit a little dirty) with a new respect keeping items out of our swelling landfills. We hear things like “I’ll never look at another plastic water bottle the same way again.” This is a great opportunity for service learning hours and stepping up your sustainability credibility. For Saturday (9/16/17), individuals and groups can sign up here.
Want to delve a little deeper into event composting? For groups larger than 10 people, we’re offering personalized service-learning volunteer opportunities on both Saturday (9/16) during the Bash, and Sunday (9/17) after the Bash. This requires a “team leader” from your group to coordinate with a Kompost Kids board member for timing and planning. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this opportunity.
For more information about volunteer roles and responsibilities, look here!