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Majority of Ribfest waste diverted from landfill

City of Kamloops said 16,200 kilograms of waste was recycled
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Henry, Theo, Shale, Danna and Luca Riemer enjoyed Ribfest 2022 in Riverside Park, where 16,200 kilograms of waste was diverted from the landfill.

This year’s Rotary Ribfest saw 90 per cent of its waste — 16,200 of 18,000 kilograms — diverted from the landfill thanks to sorting stations in Riverside Park during the three-day event in early August.

The City of Kamloops has set up recycling stations at its sponsored events this year in the wake of in-person events returning after two years of pandemic-related cancellations.

The waste stations include receptacles to separate garbage, recycling, liquids and organic waste such as food scraps, soiled paper plates and napkins.

To help with the sorting, the waste stations are supported by a city ECOSmart Team employee and event volunteers.

This month’s Ribfest — held on Aug. 5, Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 — had 18 sorting stations, seven of which had volunteers to assist with sorting.

This year’s Canada Day event in Riverside Park saw 60 per cent of waste sent to recycling rather than the landfill as 790 kilograms was diverted and 500 kilograms was sent to the landfill — a 60 per cent diversion rate.