Zero Waste Initiative Impresses at Can-Am Police-Fire Games

As hundreds of emergency services personnel continue to compete in the Can-Am Police-Fire Games, there’s a games zero waste initiative that’s drawing comments of appreciation as well.

“Congratulations on the zero waste initiative at the opening ceremonies. It appeared to be very popular, and I have heard several people state how impressed they were. I think you have created the new standard for events relative to waste management. The volunteers were very effective and personable, and there was no ground garbage to head into the river, so I was very happy.” Port Authority Harbour Master Peter Berry

The zero waste initiative saw staff and volunteers personally collect all cups, paper, food scraps and more to ensure each was put into the proper container for disposal.

Over a seven-hour event with more than 2,000 people, only two garbage bags of landfill waste were collected. Everything else was either recycled or composted. Although not quite making it to zero waste, the attempt was nonetheless impactful and provided information needed to develop a system that can be used for future zero waste initiatives.

“Our team was very excited to try this, and we couldn’t be happier with the results, but what impressed us the most was the eagerness of all the food and beverage vendors to participate, along with the incredible support we received from guests at the event. It shows people really are ready to put the environment first.” – City Manager of Environmental Services Anne Marie Albidone

The zero waste initiative for the opening ceremonies was organized by the City of Windsor, the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority and the YQG Green Networking Group supported by Greener Farms and GFL Environmental Ltd, and processing involved 20 volunteers.

The games continue through Sunday with another great day planned for Festival Plaza when fire competitions will take centre stage.

Plan your attendance now for the FireFit competitions, the WomenOnFire events and the tug across the river.

Can-Am Police Fire Games Information:

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games are a biennial multi-sport competition featuring police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), border services, correctional services, and other first responders across Canada and the United States of America.

For a complete list of events, dates, times and locations, as well as registration information visit online.

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