Sierra Club Puerto Rico Helps Recycle at San Sebastian Festival
As part of the Zero Waste Campaign in Puerto Rico, this past weekend Sierra Club was part of the San Sebastian Recycles initiative. Over the four day Festival, starting Thursday January 16 and ending Sunday, January 19, there where thousands of people who visited the old San Juan area to enjoy music, local food and artisans.
The Sierra Club was one of the organizations that adopted a public plaza to create a recycling center. To achieve the initiative the local municipality provided the waste binds and materials to collect recyclables.
With over five plazas as recycling centers, the Sierra Club was part of recruiting more than 100 volunteers for the initiative. The volunteers participated in a workshop before the event to learn about the logistics and materials to be recycled.
The Puerto Rico Sierra Club adopted the "Plaza de Armas" and worked directly with 40 volunteers recycling more than 5,000 pounds of recycling materials in the course of four days.
The volunteers also were part of the educational initiative collecting petitions around stronger recycling infrastructure in the island and informing participants of what materials were being collected.
Volunteers collected over 400 signatures and outreached to more than 600 people. In addition the Sierra Club was part of the inaugural parade of the event with local environmental agencies.
-- Adriana Gonzalez, Sierra Club Puerto Rico Organizer