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"The Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego was a huge success. Adhering to its sustainability principals, SB'12 strove to be a zero-waste event. Disposable materials were eliminated as much as possible in the planning process and on site. Clearly marked recycle and compost bins were strategically placed to encourage attendees to reduce waste as much as possible.

Glad Products provided special recycling and compost bags at check-in to encourage zero waste practices by those staying on property. A squad of volunteers called "The SB'12 Sustainability Team" patrolled the conference grounds and re-sorted waste at the back of the house to make sure all waste was diverted to recycling and compost streams. Thanks to these efforts, 3,429 pounds, or 97.3% of conference waste was diverted from landfill, and the total waste from the 4 days, 1,300 attendees conference equaled 139 pounds -- less than one bag per day.

Bruce Gerth, Director
EFFECTS Partners, Inc
Minneapolis, MN

β€œ Not only has the general public become much more attuned to recycling but the artists such as jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Jimmy Buffet have all put a greater focus on the environment and recycling. Quite honestly, we have had the public as well as the artists come up and say, β€œIt is great that you have finally decided to do something for the environment and actively recycle here at the venues.”

Jake Worek, Operations Manager
First Midwest Ampitheatre
Tinley Park, IL

"The Museum of International Folk Art purchased ten recycle max containers in support of recycling at the 5th annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, the largest International folk art market in the world. More than 100 artists from more than 40 countries gather on Museum Hill in Santa Fe for a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, folk art and educational events for all ages. The market experienced record-breaking attendance this year, with 20,400 visitors (up 19% from 2007).

For the past two years, the Market has attracted a generous donation of over 400 cases of bottled water for artists and volunteers. Recycling plans were shared with 900+ market volunteers attending volunteer orientation June 27 & 28. Volunteers were so excited about the recycling at this year's market, an anonymous market supporter donated funds to purchase 10 more containers! With 20 recycle stations, the Market had the potential to recycle 10,000 bottles of donated water alone! By far the most successful recycle station was in the artist and volunteer hospitality room, where the clear bags dissolved language barriers and 15 bags of plastic bottles and aluminum cans were collected over the weekend.

During set up on Friday, market volunteers bagged newspaper and mixed paper used to pack artwork into brown paper compost bags and flattened cardboard for recycling. By Saturday morning, recycle max containers contained empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans consumed by volunteers and artists during set up. Guests were encouraged to join the recycling efforts with announcements from main stage, and the great examples of how and where to recycle set by volunteers and artists. Final totals reveal the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market significantly reduced the amount of trash from 360 yards from the 2007 market to 120 yards of trash and 180 yards of recyclables for 2008!"

Laura Lovejoy-May, Special Events Manager
Museum of International Folk Art

"The units are working great. We have deployed them along the aisles in the factory for use by employees working on the floor as well as people passing through. They are a high-visibility part of our recycling program and we have seen very little contamination.

Given that they are deployed permanently over a large area, the clear design makes it very easy for the janitorial crew to see if they need to be emptied from their vehicles, without having to stop and look inside each unit. As a result, a collection run goes fairly quickly and the units are always emptied on time."

Travis, Large Manufacturing company