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SunFest aiming to recycle right, reduce waste this year

Posted at 3:13 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 04:23:54-04

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SunFest is expected to bring in approximately 130,000 people this weekend, which of course raises questions about waste.

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As a Recycling Right organization, half of all waste at this year's event will be recycled and the other half will be consumable trash, according to Melissa Sullivan, marketing manager for SunFest.

"As less intrusive as we can be the better," said Sullivan. "This is a beautiful area that exists all year and we try to be a good conduit of the area."

The public is encouraged to bring a container for use at water refilling stations to reduce the amount of waste, but that’s just one of many ways organizers are asking people to reduce their carbon footprint.

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In addition to dozens of strategically placed recycling bins, there’s also a no straw ban on all beverages, and a bike valet.

"You can conveniently if you’re in the nearby area, bike to SunFest and we will valet park your bike courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority, and provide it back to you at the end of the evening," said Sullivan.

For more information about SunFest, click here.