When influential events implement and adopt greener practices such as composting, the benefits are enormous.

First, reducing waste has direct environmental benefits by reducing the amount of material requiring hauling, lessening the need for landfills or incinerators. Second, publicizing your environmental achievements sends the message to your participants that being a responsible environmental steward is an important part of being on the water. Third, when events adopt greener practices, it shows sponsors that greener products and services are a priority.

With regard to composting, we have seen two approaches that work well:

     1. Do It Yourself: Next to all your Landfill and Recycling cans, place a third container for “Compost”. If you’re using compostable cups and service ware, this is highly recommended, as your participants will (hopefully) want to dispose of their utensils in the best way possible. This is also a great way to educate participants.

     2. Hire Outside Help: Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance a business exists that is tailored to collecting your food scraps. Check your local yellow pages or do a quick Google search for “compost in [town/city].”

If you decide to compost yourself, make sure you have a good collection receptacle. Throwing food scraps in a pile behind the boathouse is a great way to attract unwanted pests. Consider purchasing a contained unit or, for faster results, a tumbling composter. 

To fulfill this Best Practice do at least one of the following:

  • Ensure 1:1 ratio of Landfill to Compost bins.
  • Divert all food scraps from landfill.
  • Coordinate with outside group to collect food scraps or create a compost bin on site.

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