Telus TaiwanFest diverts 82 percent of garbage out of the waste stream
Here's a statistic that might surprise you. Last weekend's Telus TaiwanFest generated 7.4 tonnes of trash, according to Andrew Pavlik, a partner in Food Waste Recyclers.
But a remarkable 82 percent of this garbage was diverted from the waste stream, thanks largely to volunteers from the Tzu Chi Canada Foundation.
Pavlik made the revelation today at a lunch honouring the festival's volunteers and sponsors.
He presented a certificate toTzu Chi Foundation Canada CEO Gary Ho, who heads up the Buddhist charity in this country.
This meant that Telus TaiwanFest exceeded Metro Vancouver's diversion goal of 70 percent by 2015 and its "aspirational target" of 80 percent by 2020.
Much of the garbage was generated through a street banquet along Granville Street on the Labour Day weekend, though there were also musical performances outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Festival organizer Charlie Wu said that 16,000 meals were served during the event, which celebrates Taiwanese arts, culture, and dining.
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