In 2015, the PA Resources Council’s Zero Waste PA team assisted nearly 40 different events with sustainable waste management solutions. In total, ZWPA served more than 700,000 individuals through 40 various events in 2015.
Premier events included the Pittsburgh Marathon, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, EQT 10-Miler, ALCOSAN Open House, the Great Race, and the Big Pour.
In addition to working with event organizers to procure sustainable materials for these events, PRC worked to divert recyclables and compostables from the waste stream, vastly reducing the amount of materials sent to landfills.
In fact, during the Pittsburgh Marathon, the Zero Waste team diverted a record 90% of material for a 40,000 person running race.
Zero Waste PA also works with public and private businesses to design and implement sustainable waste management practices and help them strive toward zero waste.
In 2015, ZWPA conducted ten waste characterizations studies at several Fortune 500 companies, City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Facilities serving more than 2000 employees.
One facility, the Allegheny County Office Building, initially showed a diversion rate of 20 percent. Through dedicated education, outreach and technical assistance via PRC’s Waste Audit program as well as committed Allegheny County officials, this County facility has generated an increase of 180 percent, bringing their total waste diversion rate to a record 60 percent within one year!
Zero Waste PA had a successful year diverting tons of valuable material from landfill, and we'd like to thank all volunteers and Green Team members for making this possible.For more information on initiatives, services and programs, visit PRC’s Zero Waste Pennsylvania webpage. Visit Here to sign up for regular updates from PRC. Also follow PRC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the PRC Blog.