Can marathons improve recycling rates?
3 lessons from OSIM Sundown Marathon 2018
OSIM Sundown Marathon 2018 | F1 Pit Building | 19 May 2018
OSIM Sundown Marathon is an annual marathon which has made an effort to adopt more sustainable measures. Organisers of the 2018 edition partnered up with the Green Run Ambassadors and Green Nudge to reduce some of the waste generated. Their approach involved:
Improving recycling rates by encouraging runners to recycle
Reducing contaminated recyclables by guiding runners and using posters
Reducing food waste (banana peels) by diverting it to compost sites in Singapore.
Let’s look at how they achieved this.
1. How was recycling encouraged?
Volunteer Group Involvement
Two volunteer groups Green Run Ambassadors (read about their work at Standard Chartered Marathon) and Green Nudge were partnered with to direct and motivate runners to recycle. The volunteers of these groups took on the role of Trash Ambassadors and guided runners to recycle or “Bin it Right”.
Strategic Placement of Recycling Bins
Many recycling bins were placed throughout the grounds in order to encourage and support recycling. Thought was given to the placement of the recycling bins, with hotspots for trash identified, and recycling bins positioned there.
Exit from run
Food Stalls area
Along areas where there was heavy traffic
Recycling bins positioned near the food stalls.
Recycling bins positioned just after the exit area.
Recycling bins positioned along high traffic areas.
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2. What was done to recycle correctly?
As runners approached bins, Trash Ambassadors directed them to drop their trash into the correct recycling bins. If this was not successful, volunteers used thongs to remove recyclables and put them into the correct bins. Posters were also used to encourage correct recycling. (Pic)
Coloured bins were used to some extent to encourage correct recycling – black for general trash, blue for plastic bottles and yellow for banana peels meant for composting.
Recycling bins of different colours - red, yellow, black, and blue.
Li Sheng, Founder of Green Nudge, instructing volunteers.
Evaluating recycling at marathons while volunteering - with Tyre Lady (aka Rima) of Green Run Ambassadors and a young volunteer.
3. Diverting Food Waste.
Much effort was placed to collect banana peels for composting at local community gardens. Many yellow collection bins were placed near the exit point where most runners consumed their bananas and threw their peels.
Overall, 700kg of banana peels were successfully collected and diverted for composting – excellent work by both groups.