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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 12, 2013
Contact: Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operation
360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kelley Dennings, Keep America Beautiful
919-355-8102 or kdennings@kab.org
No: 13-079

 

Kitsap County Fair and Stampede launches major recycling campaign
Fair and Stampede teams up with Keep America Beautiful and Alcoa to build recycling initiative

(Bremerton, WA) When the 2013 Kitsap County Fair and Stampede opens August 21, fairgoers and vendors will be introduced to a brand new recycling initiative. The Kitsap County Fair and Stampede has partnered with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Alcoa Foundation to increase waste reduction, recycling and composting through the strategic placement of recycling bins across the fairgrounds. The Kitsap County Solid Waste Division is also providing an educational booth, designed to raise awareness about the environmental and economic impact of recycling throughout Kitsap.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be working with Keep America Beautiful and Alcoa Foundation to bring the best practices in recycling to the best fair in the U.S.,” said Josh Brown, Kitsap County Commissioner. “The vast knowledge and support that these partners bring will help us make tremendous strides in keeping Washington beautiful.”

The Kitsap County Fair and Stampede is one of three fairs in the U.S. selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to fund additional recycling bins, technical and communications tools, support and training, and the identification of cost-effective practices, all managed by national nonprofit KAB.

The initiative in Kitsap County includes placing nearly 50 new, well-marked recycling bins for public space areas as well as 20 new wheeled bins to move vendor materials. Recycling questions will be answered at the education booth staffed by the Kitsap County Solid Waste Division. A team of recycling ambassadors will rove the fairgrounds to provide support and guidance to fairgoers and vendors, and ensure that the recyclables are put in the proper receptacles.

“Our team is very excited to be sharing our expertise with the highly-celebrated Kitsap County Fair and Stampede,” said Kelley Dennings, senior director of recycling, KAB. “Events of this size and nature can generate enormous amounts of waste. This enhanced focus on recycling will ensure a significant decrease in that waste. We also anticipate that the awareness generated at the Fair will ensure long-term recycling habits in the hundreds of thousands of people who attend.”

“We’re proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful and support sustainability efforts at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede,” said Tricia Napor, principal manager environmental partnerships, Alcoa Foundation. “The Fair is an exceptional venue to influence recycling behaviors for people of all ages. We expect to educate and motivate nearly 80,000 fairgoers, demonstrating that recycling is a viable component of public events that can be incorporated into other similar events across the country.”

The 2013 Kitsap County Fair runa from August 21 through August 25, providing entertainment and an opportunity to promote recycling awareness among nearly 80,000 visitors. Tons of cardboard and metal will be generated. Metal – particularly that in aluminum cans – is especially desirable as a recyclable material, as it can be recycled an infinite number of times. It takes only a fraction of the energy to make aluminum products from recycled materials than when starting from raw materials. As the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, Alcoa and Keep America Beautiful partnered in 2012 on this unique Clinton Global Initiative to improve recycling and waste reduction at state and county fairs.

About the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede
The Kitsap County Fair & Stampede is held annually for the purpose of educating, entertaining and creating a better quality of life for the residents of Kitsap County and surrounding counties. With nearly 80,000 visitors each year viewing Commercial, Still Life, and Animal Exhibits as well as watching a wide variety of exciting entertainment (including PRCA rodeo and Xtreme Bulls) on 3 stages, an equine arena and a large stadium arena, plus enjoying thrilling amusement rides and carnival games and a large assortment of food vendors, Kitsap County Fair & Stampede is the Big County Fair. Located in beautiful Kitsap County, the fair is hosted by the Kitsap County Parks Department, governed by a 9 member Fair Board, and operated by a contracted Management Team. The fair is located at the 129 acre Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center, in Bremerton, Washington. For more information, visit http://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Fairgrounds/Pages/Fair_Main_Page.htm.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit http://www.kab.org and follow @kabtweet on Twitter.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

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 Doug Bear, Public Communication Manager
360-337-4598 or email

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014