Posted on Aug 01, 2019
Viking Tour Zero Waste EventThis article written by club member Meredith Green was published in the August Rotary District 5020 Newsletter.
 
At the Poulsbo Rotary Club’s Viking Tour fundraiser, held May 19th, the club worked to turn it into a Zero Waste event. The result was a reduction of waste from a 4 cubic yard container to 9 pounds!
 
This was a remarkable success – here are the numbers:
 
 

• Compost - 66.2 lbs.
• Landfill - 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek)
• Bottles and Cans - 9.7 lbs.
• Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws - 4 lbs. 10 oz
• Snack Wrappers - 2 lbs. 10 oz
• Plastic Film - 2 lbs. 13 oz.
• Cardboard - 8.8 lbs.
• Paper - 1.3 lbs
• Styrofoam - 0
• Gloves - 15.9 oz
• Tyvek bibs - 12.5 oz
 
The tagline of the Zero Waste effort was "Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth."
 
Viking Tour Riders in PoulsboThe Viking Tour is a Zero Waste Event. We’ve made a commitment to be a “Zero Waste” event which means we will do everything we can to reduce waste, reuse various elements, and set up “Zero Waste Stations” for recyclable and compostable materials. All waste created during the event will be delivered to Peninsula Subaru who, working with Terracycle, will transform it into benches and tables. All plates, cups and utensils are certified compostable and will be taken to Olympic Organics (along with the food scraps). Lastly, any rider bibs can be left with us so we can ship them to Trex where they can ride into a new life as composite decking. Evolved vikings don’t pillage the earth.
 
 
Waste organization during the raceIn addition to the huge reduction in waste was the unanticipated enthusiasm of younger members in the community. Our enthusiastic coordinator, Lori Cloutier, engaged the environmental class at our local Olympic Community College. The class evaluations (for the entire semester) were resoundingly positive regarding their roles as educators.