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500 MayDay Plates Washed by “Heart of the Beast”

BY LUCINDA ANDERSON

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay Green Team and YOU can divert 80% of the 2017 MayDay Festival waste from landfills, and this year’s 500 Plate Experiment will help make it happen. Inspired by the Winnipeg Folk Festival where food vendors serve 100,000 festival goers on washable plates, a sub-committee of the HOBT’s MayDay Green Team is collaborating with Kabomelette food truck owners, Greg and Chelsea Miller, and Restaurant Supplier Joe Palen to serve 500 MayDay customers on washable plates.

Washing dishes consumes much less energy and produces less waste than recycling or even composting. The big vision is to someday have all MayDay vendors serving on washable/reusable plates. This year we need at least 500 people to buy their delicious food from Kabomelette and the same 500 people to return their plates to the collection bins adjacent to the MayDay Green Team waste stations. Easy, peasy, right?

Last year 2400 pounds of compost and recycling was collected at MayDay. Diverting 2400 pounds from a landfill or incinerator was a huge success, and this year the MayDay Green Team is hoping to break that record! Help the MayDay Green Team reach their 80% goal by volunteering to host one of the eleven waste stations around the park on MayDay, Sunday, May 7, 2017. You can help boost MayDay’s composting and recycling efforts by assisting folks with sorting their items at a waste station while affirming the impact of their actions.

This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for groups and individuals interested in sustainability and the environment. To sign up, visit https://hobt.org/mayday/ volunteer-for-mayday/

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

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