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Reuse #1 One Day Reuse/Recycle Events, Beth McFadyen

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  • 1. What A Difference A Day Makes: One Day Reuse & Recycling Events
  • 2. What is Zero Waste Day?
    • Drive Thru Donating!
    • One Stop Reverse Shopping
    • 3-4 hour, one day (Sat.), outdoor event
    • 8-12 participating non-profit organizations
    • Electronics and paper recycling available
    • Parking lot location
    • Rain or Shine
    • Staffed by volunteers
    • Well publicized
  • 3. Organizations Represented
    • Minimum of two that accept furniture
    • Three-four that accept clothing and household goods
    • Two-three that accept baby supplies
    • One that accepts building materials
    • One that accepts pet/animal supplies
    • One for electronics recycling (fee)
  • 4. Site Specifications
    • Long driveway to allow for a queue
    • Wide parking lot to accommodate charity vehicles: box trucks and tractor trailers
    • Two lanes for donor vehicles: drop-off and passing lane
    • No other events scheduled on site
    • Access to bathrooms
  • 5. Zero Waste Day Promotion
    • ZWD Website
    • Posters
    • Flyers
    • Facebook Group
    • Facebook Event
    • Patch
    • On-line Calendars
    • Press Releases
    • Sign Support
    • Lawn Signs
    • Banners
    • Town Website
    • Town Sign
    • Cable Access
    • Local Affiliate TV
    • ZWD Ambassadors
    • Business Sponsorship
    • Non-profit websites/FB
    • Church newsletters
    • Construction Associations
  • 6. Volunteer Support
    • Before ZWD
    • Webmaster
    • Collateral designer
    • Publicity
    • Site management
    • Flyer/poster distribution
    • Local business liaison
    • ZWD ambassadors
    • During ZWD
    • Set-up and clean-up
    • Welcome wagon
    • Traffic control
    • Car unloaders
    • On-site nurse
    • Event photographer
    • Non-profit volunteers
    • Snack bar
  • 7. Zero Waste Day Costs
    • Purchased or Donated?
    • Poster printing
    • Flyer photocopying
    • Signage
    • Tchotchkes
    • Web hosting
    • Printing/mailing
    • Food/beverages
  • 8. Sample Results ~ Tewksbury, 2010
    • Cars: Just over 400, with 40 representing other towns
    • Pounds of Electronics Recycling: 9,275 lbs.
    • Bikes (for Bikes Not Bombs): 73
    • Household Goods and Clothing: - 3 box trucks FULL for Wish Project of Lowell - 1 box truck FULL for Lazarus House Ministries - 1 box truck FULL for Big Brother/Big Sister Association - 6 vans FULL for Project Home Again
    • Baby Supplies and Children’s Clothing: - 1 box truck FULL for Community Giving Tree
    • Building Supplies for Boston Building Materials Res. Ctr: ½ box truck
    • Animal Supplies: - 2 SUVs FULL for Nevin’s Farm, MSPCA Shelter - 2 SUVs FULL for Lowell Humane Society
    • Books and Videos: Filled one Got Books bin
    • Follow-up Event: Very successful Used Toy Drive , benefitting Community Giving Tree , held on 10/23/10, at Tewksbury Congregational Church
  • 9. Lessons Learned
    • Commitment letter to participating charities
    • Parking lot diagram and staging
    • Volunteer support: - supervision of youth volunteers - training/orientation and skill match - manageable numbers (not too many)
    • Delegation through Team Captains
    • Event photographer (wish list of photos)
    • No leftovers! hot potato concept
  • 10. Plan Your Own Zero Waste Day
    • Website Includes:
    • 6 month planning calendar/checklist
    • Templates and sample documents
    • Listings of local non-profit organizations
    • Business & volunteer Wish Lists
    • Recycling resources
    • 2 minute video of Tewksbury event
    www.tewksburycc.org/zerowasteday
  • 11. For More Information
    • Beth McFadyen
    • Co-Chair, Board of Ministries
    • Tewksbury Congregational Church
    • [email_address]
    • Loretta Ryan
    • Chairperson
    • Tewksbury Recycling Committee
    • [email_address]
    • www.tewksburycc.org/zerowasteday
  • 12.