Keeping it ‘Green’ at T-day
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.