The Frisco Education Foundation partnered with the City of Frisco Environmental Services Division to save more than 900 pounds of recyclable and compostable materials from the landfill during the Gary Burns Frisco Fun Run on October 26.
The annual run/walk strives to be a Zero Waste event, meaning it is organized to produce as little trash as possible, while all other waste is collected for composting and recycling.
When an event produces less trash, in turn less money is required to dispose of it. That means that even more of the money raised each year can be invested in scholarships for graduating Frisco ISD seniors!
The goal for a Zero Waste event is to achieve at least 90 percent diversion, or no greater than 10 percent trash.
This year, 940 pounds of recyclable and compostable material and 55 pounds of trash were collected during the Fun Run. That means the total percentage of waste diverted from the landfill was 94.47 percent, or only 5.53 percent trash.
“This year’s Gary Burns Fun Run saw more than 6,000 participants, but in the end our volunteers diverted more waste and provided more public education than ever before,” said Molly Kinson, environmental education coordinator for the City of Frisco. “The best part was, when we left Toyota Stadium at 11 a.m., there was no litter left behind. Several volunteers commented that ‘it was like we were never there.’ Thanks to everyone for helping us ‘Keep Frisco Beautiful.’ Each year we continue to set the bar high while promoting a sustainable future in Frisco.”
The feat would not have been possible without the support of Community Waste Disposal (CWD), which donated 60 compost, recycle and trash containers to support the effort.
In addition, Tyler Shumway, a sophomore at Liberty High School, helped organize volunteers as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
From Collin College, members of the Collin Association for Sustainable Efforts (CASE) and Service Learning students also volunteered as Zero Waste educators during the event.
“We are all in when it comes to supporting our community and this great city. Hosting a Zero Waste event is just one way to give back and make this a better place for all citizens," said Frisco Education Foundation Director Allison Miller. "Molly and her Green Team are so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do that it makes it easy for everyone to jump right in and do their part. We are looking forward to another great Zero Waste Gary Burns Fun Run again next year."