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Fun run turned into zero waste event 

(November 8, 2013) The Gary Burns Fun Run, an annual race benefitting the Frisco Education Foundation, was also a “zero waste event” again this year, made possible by dozens of volunteers organized by the City of Frisco’s Environmental Services team.

“Zero waste” describes events that produce as little trash as possible. All other waste is collected for composting and recycling. When an event produces less trash, less money is required to dispose of it.  So even more of the money raised by the Fun Run each year can be invested in scholarships for graduating Frisco seniors.

When organizing a zero waste event, the goal is to achieve at least 90 percent diversion (no greater than 10 percent trash collected). This year’s results were impressive. The total recyclable/compostable material collected was 940 pounds, and the total trash collected (for landfill) was 55 pounds. The percentage of total waste that was diverted from the landfill was 94.47 percent.

“We are all in when it comes to supporting our community and this great city,” said Allison Miller, director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “Hosting a zero waste event is just one way to give back and make this a better place for all citizens.”

Community Waste Disposal helped the effort by donating 60 compost, recycle and trash containers to help meet the needs of more than 6,000 Fun Run participants. Frisco student Tyler Shumway also played a major role, helping organize volunteers as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Collin College, members of the Collin Association for Sustainable Efforts and Service Learning students also were among the 70 volunteers.

 

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