This year’s State of the County address was a Zero Waste event for the fourth year, thanks to the efforts of the county, ReWorks and the John S. Knight Center.
Combined results from these four events were able to divert 2,604 pounds of food scraps, 439.5 pounds of cardboard, and 209.5 pounds of recyclables from the landfill.
“It is crucial that we all see how significant results can come about from small, coordinated efforts,” said Marcie Kress, ReWorks’ executive director. ReWorks is the solid waste management authority for Summit County and is charged with the mission to divert material from the landfill. “ReWorks is proud to have served as zero waste coordinators to these events by identifying environmentally sound diversion options and encouraging waste reduction practices.”
To put the diverted materials from the coordinated effort from these four events into perspective, the 3,253 pounds of material diverted from a landfill would be equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) emission that would be generated from charging 249,924 smartphones. (calculated with the EPA Waste Reduction Model, version 15)
The recent legislation to establish the Summit County Environmental Sustainability Task Force underscores Summit County’s commitment to sustainability. “Sustainability for the County of Summit is a key element to incorporate at all levels,” said County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “Not only does this event show the dedication of all involved, but it also is a means to create awareness of how materials management must be coordinated in building a foundation for sustainability.”
For info, visit www.summitreworks.com.