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EarthFest 2014 draws crowd of 15,000

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EarthFest 2014 was a radical success on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. EarthFest 2014 was a radical success on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

The warm weather brought a crowd of 15,000 out to the Cuyahoga Fairgrounds in Berea Sunday, April 13 for EarthFest 2014

The Zero Waste exhibits stole the show showcasing the four-pronged approach to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. 

Representatives from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District were there along with Sustainable Cleveland representatives supporting Mayor Frank Jackson's initiative for a green city on a blue lake.

A total of 271 exhibitors were there comprising nine different exhibit areas that covered different aspects of sustainable living. Event goers were given take home kits for how to Go Zero! For instance, by using reusable shopping bags, buying in bulk to reduce packaging waste, competing to see how little each member of the household can contribute to the trash, and instructions on how to start a compost pile.

According to Earth Day Coalition executive director, Scott Sanders the event was an impressive community collaboration. The numbers are up dramatically with vendors and in public interest.

EarthFest 2014
Attracted 15,000 people 
Recycled 1.6 tons 
Composted 1.9 tons 
Produced just 7 bags of trash 

"That's remarkable," exclaimed Sanders. Those numbers reflect the participation from food trucks, exhibitors, and the zero waste stations. We want people to use this event as an example to reducing waste at other heavily attended events. An example would be a wedding."

Access the Go Zero! Zero Waste Tips here for ways to contribute at work, at home and all around the community. 

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