NMC BBQ closing the gap on zero waste

NMC BBQ closing the gap on zero waste

Posted on May 29, 2014

Five years ago, Traverse City’s biggest picnic, the annual Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue decided to strive to become a zero waste event, with all of the waste from the event either being recycled or composted, and none going into a landfill. Within two years, the efforts of Randy Smith, Timothy Young and countless day-of the BBQ volunteers had the percentage of recycled and composted material at a very impressive 90 percent.

The 2014 NMC BBQ was the first year that locally owned American Waste became involved in trash handling at the event, and according to Smith, more than 99 percent of all waste from the BBQ was recycled or composted.

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