The 2013 Indiana State Fair opened on Friday, Aug. 2, with fairgoers and vendors being introduced to a brand new recycling initiative. The Indiana State Fair Commission has partnered with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Alcoa Foundation to increase waste reduction, recycling and composting through the strategic placement of recycling bins across the 250-acre fairgrounds. The Indiana Recycling Coalition is also providing an educational booth, designed to raise awareness about the environmental and economic impact of recycling throughout Indiana.
The Indiana State Fair is one of three fairs in the U.S. selected to receive a $20,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to fund additional recycling bins, technical and communications tools, support and training, and the identification of cost-effective practices, all managed by KAB.
The initiative in Indiana includes the placement of nearly 60 new, well-marked recycling bins and new instructional wraps for 25 existing bins located throughout public spaces on the fairgrounds. There is more than 300 green plastic bins provided to the 150 participating vendors, as well as 20 new wheeled bins to move vendor materials. Recycling questions will be answered at the education booth staffed by the Indiana Recycling Coalition in the Expo Hall. A team of recycling ambassadors will rove the fairgrounds to provide support and guidance to fairgoers and vendors, and ensure that the recyclables are put in the proper receptacles.