February 10, 2015
For immediate release
Zero Waste Yukon reports on Geoscience Forum success
Whitehorse – Zero Waste Yukon congratulates the 2014 Geoscience Forum organizers and delegates on a successful Zero Waste Event held last November. The Yukon Chamber of Mines hosted the Yukon’s first conference “working towards zero waste.” The 4-day conference and tradeshow saw over 400 delegates and 600 participants at the Yukon Convention Centre.
When all the measurements were in, over 96% of their waste had been diverted. Forty seven percent of that was plastic, 16% was refundables, 17% was paper, 17% compost with the remaining 4 % as garbage. 100 pounds of paper and 40 pounds of cardboard were diverted.
“As a Zero Waste partner, the Yukon Chamber of Mines demonstrated real leadership,” says Lee Vincent, Zero Waste Yukon coordinator. “They looked at everything from signage, to delegate packages, to the way food was served throughout the event. We are already using what they learned to ensure that other organizations, governments and businesses can host their own events using the Zero Waste philosophy.”
“We were successful due in large part to engaging early and experiencing support from a wide range of Yukoners including Stantec, Whitehorse Atom Mustangs, and Raven Recycling, just to name a few” said Mike Burke, Chair of the Geoscience Committee at the Yukon Chamber of Mines. “Organizing a “working towards zero waste” event is a reflection of the responsible exploration and mining industry we represent. We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned with others.“
Other upcoming Zero Waste Yukon initiatives include the Indoor Community Garage Sale on February 14th and the completion of a Zero Waste Event toolkit to be released by the end of March.
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For more information:
Samson Hartland, Yukon Chamber of Mines: 667-2090
Lee Vincent, Zero Waste Yukon: 332-1604