Now it’s a little easier to be green

It might not be so easy on Kermit, but the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance is helping to make it easier for the 2008 State Fair to become a little greener. This year we’re starting a pilot program to encourage recycling on the fairgrounds. As you can imagine, with almost 900,000 people coming through out gates the trash can really start piling up. Here is the note from the DPPEA:

We are seeking volunteers to help staff these stations to prevent contamination of the recyclables. There will be three recycling stations throughout the fairgrounds that need two volunteers per station, per shift. The stations will be located by Dorton Arena, the Midway and by the Village of Yesteryear. The shifts will be three hours each starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Volunteers will NOT need to haul or sort recyclables but will be asked to communicate with the public about sorting their recyclables from regular trash.

Volunteers will be given:

1. A worker day pass to get into the fair for free to work their shift,
2. A parking pass (if you sign up to work 2, 3 hour shifts – they do not need to be consecutive shifts)
3. Fair t-shirt
4. Gloves.
Keep in mind, parking is very limited and using the Park and Ride may still be your best option to get to the fairgrounds. Bus passes may be available.

If you’d like to help out, fill out this form with the preferred days and times you can work, along with the location you would like to be stationed at. NC DPPEA will contact you closer to the event to confirm your date, time and station.

Since the NC DPPEA’s call for volunteers went out, we’ve added a fourth recycling station. Stay tuned for more info on our new recycling program from our resident green diva GreenThing!

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

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