The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is partnering once again with Recology Mountain View and the City of Mountain View to promote and encourage Zero Waste at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 7-8.
"Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle," said Bruce Humphrey, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. "We’re on a mission to make this a Zero Waste festival—it’s a top priority for us and something we diligently plan for and try to improve upon every year.”
The festival has taken steps to make it easier than ever for festivalgoers and vendors to be environmentally-friendly by recycling and composting where possible. Festival food and beverage vendors are required to use recyclable and compostable foodware and drinkware.
For the first time, the festival will be partnering with PathWater, selling its 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Water provider Oollee will have a re-filling station for festivalgoers to replenish their reusable bottles with clean, fresh water.
Specially marked free-standing containers will be positioned at 75 different receptacle stations throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass,plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard; as well as for composting food scraps (including meat and bones), paper plates, bio-degradable cups, chopsticks, skewers and napkins. There will be large recycling and compost containers in strategic behind-the-scenes locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors to utilize.
"We want to be absolutely certain we’re doing everything possible to maximize recycling and composting and to minimize trash," said Humphrey. The festival recycles an estimated 5,000 glass and aluminum bottles and cans each year.
The festival is also encouraging the use of public transportation, bicycles and car pools to minimize carbon emissions and reduce vehicular traffic. Downtown Mountain View is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus service as well as Caltrain. The transit center drops riders off at the festival “doorstep”. Free centrally located and highly visible bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets thanks to Friends of Stevens Creek Trail. Please bring your own lock.
“We’re pleased to partner again with the Chamber of Commerce, and greatly appreciate the concerted effort they’ve made to refine and improve recycling operations,” said Jocelyn Baird, Recology Mountain View Waste Zero Specialist. Recology Mountain View is an employee-owned company that provides the recycling, organics and garbage collection service to all residents and businesses in Mountain View. Waste Zero is their rallying cry, and they strive to find the best and highest use of all resources collected. For additional information, please visit Recology’s website at: www.recology.com.