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Eco tips for event season

Dear Editor:

In between mud season and summer falls the non-stop event season in the valley. The volunteer and amorphous Green Team is still in full force, but the demand is overwhelming these days.

Here are just a couple of tips to spread the word so hopefully folks will attempt a green event on their own. You can get a flyer at http://www.carbondalegov.org/ by clicking “plan a green event” in the lower right-hand column.

1. Reduce and reuse come before recycling/composting for a reason. Strive for less in general or pack a cup, plate and utensils and wash when you get home.

2. Beverage rituals. Try getting in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle (glass is fragile but is healthiest) and reusable coffee mug in your backpack. Ask for a discount for BYOC.

3. Bike, bus, walk, skate, unicycle or carpool to the party.

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4. Planning. If you have to go the disposable route, consider recyclable and/or compostable (plant-based) supplies. Try ordering supplies or paying for event support from Evergreen Events, http://www.evergreenevents.net/ or (970) 987-3140 or Building For Health, (970) 963-0437

5. Disposing. Plant- and paper-based compostable supplies must be taken to a commercial facility. Please contact South Canyon Landfill (970) 945-5375 near Glenwood Springs. Please let them know community composting needs to remain because the program is endangered. It is very important that the compost is not contaminated with trash. Do it right or not at all.

Please consider working on the Green Team for Carbondale Mountain Fair July 23-25 by calling CCAH at (970) 963-1680. For general eco-friendly information/networking contact me at (970) 379-4303. Green events may seem trivial in the larger waste picture, but the extended education is infinite.

Jason White

Carbondale