Keep­ing it ‘Green’ at T-day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The ‘Green Team’ will be out in full force at this year’s Town­ship­pers’ Day site in Stanstead and its vol­un­teers will be easy to spot in their flu­o­res­cent green tee shirts. These vol­un­teers will have a mighty task in front of them: to keep the garbage gen­er­ated from an event gen­er­ally at­tended by be­tween 4000 and 7000 peo­ple to two bags! “I read that at a pre­vi­ous Town­ship­pers’ Day only two bags of garbage were made, so we’re aim­ing for that,” ex­plained the head of the Green Team, Jen­nifer Rein­bold, who lives in Sher­brooke and re­cently joined the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “The As­so­ci­a­tion was look­ing for vol­un­teers for Town­ship­pers’ Day and the environment com­mit­tee was what was most in­ter­est­ing for me. I’m ex­pect­ing about twelve vol­un­teers to help out on the Green Team this year; some Stanstead Col­lege and Bishop’s Univer­sity stu­dents will prob­a­bly be help­ing out,” she added.

Those ‘bright green’ vol­un­teers will be there to help peo­ple fig­ure out which bin to throw their garbage into: ei­ther the re­cy­cling bin, the com­postable bin or into the garbage bin. “Ev­ery­where there is a garbage bin there will be a re­cy­cling bin and a com­post­ing bin too. There will also be a sort­ing sta­tion near the food ven­dors where peo­ple can just drop off their garbage if they are not sure what to do with it,” men­tioned Ms. Rein­bold.

Food ven­dors have been asked to serve their food on com­postable plates and to pro­vide com­postable cut­lery. The thou­sands of vis­i­tors will also have to do their part to keep garbage to a min­i­mum by plan­ning ahead, bring­ing re­us­able water bot­tles and shop­ping bags, and by mak­ing sure they throw their waste into the right bins. “It takes peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tion as well to make it work.”

Spe­cial bins for cans and bot­tles that are re­turn­able will be on site; every­thing col­lected in these will be given to the fa­mous bot­tle and can col­lec­tor Joe Kelly who will do­nate all the pro­ceeds from them to the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion.

An­other big aim of the Green Team is to elim­i­nate the buy­ing of bot­tled water at the event. “Peo­ple can bring re­us­able bot­tles and there will be a water source where peo­ple can fill up at the Main site near the food ven­dors and peo­ple can also fill their water bot­tles in the arena,” said Ms. Rein­bold.

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