Reduce the Waste – Declares the DNCC

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Gabi Curry writes, Kermit the Frog often lamented, “It’s not easy being green.

Kermit the Frog often lamented, “It’s not easy being green.” The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has worked diligently to change Kermit’s tune. For over a year the DNCC has planned to Green the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Their mission has been “to produce the most environmentally sustainable political convention in modern American history,” (www.demconvention.com/greening). The DNCC has been working hard to minimize the waste generated by using resource recovery stations. Waste Management of Colorado and Coca-Cola Recycling of Atlanta have set up the convention to recycle all waste from the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Convention Center and INVESCO Field into recyclable materials and compost materials. According to Charles Bayley of Waste Management, “Volunteers will be in place at the recycling locations to help convention attendees place their waste materials in the proper containers.” The goal of the DNCC, Waste Management and Coca-Cola Recycling is to reduce the waste by a minimum of 85%. This will be the first convention where recycling data is collected. Once the recyclable materials have been collected, they will be dispersed to different recycling locations. Bayley shared that compost materials will go to A1 Organics for composting, and materials placed in recycling containers will be transported to Waste Management’s material recovery facility in Denver to be sorted and prepared for marketing. “Any waste that is left after the recyclables have been removed will be taken to the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS). DADS has a gas to energy plant that recovers gas from the landfill and generates electricity that is sold to Xcel Energy,” stated Bayley. To support these efforts delegates have been asked to bring water bottles that can be refilled. Water stations will be set up throughout the convention. Contractors and subcontractors of the convention were also chosen for their “commitment to sustainable planning principles,” according the DNCC. “Many people think that the time and effort needed to recycle is not worth the value of recycling,” reflected Bayley. The DNCC, Waste Management, and Coca-Cola Recycling hope to change this. Maybe sometime soon, Kermit the Frog will change his tune to “It is easy to be green.”

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  1. Nice word coice…
    Nice word coice, but this article didn’t keep my attention all the way through

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