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March 10, 2015

Grant supports greener food truck rodeo

DURHAM, N.C. – A recycling program created with Waste Management support is helping to reduce waste generated by the popular Food Truck Rodeo in Durham, North Carolina.

A recent staging of the event at the city’s Durham Central Park drew more than 6,000 attendees and 45 food trucks – creating a lot of potential waste for the landfill. The nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful has been working with the event’s organizers to develop a system to divert recyclable and compostable material from the trash headed to the landfill.

Thanks to a $10,000 Keep America Beautiful grant for special event recycling and litter reduction – funded by Waste Management – Keep Durham Beautiful hired a local compost hauler, FoodFWD, to help at the rodeo. Keep Durham Beautiful then set up volunteer-monitored waste stations with three separate bins to encourage attendees to separate the recycling and compostable items from the trash.

Tania Dautlick, executive director of Keep Durham Beautiful, reports that Durham Central Park board member and Food Truck Rodeo co-organizer Ben Weber was thrilled with the results. The three-bin monitored system reduced landfill waste to only 40 percent of the typical volume and the recycling bins were significantly less contaminated with trash.

A win for Durham, a win for the environment and a win for food trucks.