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Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival Recycles Nearly 1 Ton

Erie, PA, August 29, 2008 --( The 16th annual Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival’s enhanced “green” efforts yielded huge recycling results at Frontier Park on Saturday, Aug. 2 & Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.

“The Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival, attracting more than 15,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, recycled nearly 1 ton of recyclables according to Waste Management,” said Festival Producer Tammy Roche. “The public really embraced our efforts, being extra conscientious of placing recyclable materials in the proper bins and only bringing recyclable products to the Festival.”

Collection of recyclables at the Festival was made possible thanks to a donation of service from Waste Management. "Since the inception of our Single Stream recyclable collection program in the City of Erie and other municipalities, we have seen an increase in the amount of recyclable materials we handle," said Carm Camillo, Community Relations Representative for Waste Management. "Making the recycling process easier at home has made people more aware of how to properly dispose of their trash and recyclables, and the impressive tonnage collected from the Blues & Jazz Fest illustrates that people are more than happy to take the steps necessary to recycle."

In addition to enhanced recycling efforts, the Festival offered a complimentary bike “corral” for those who rode their bikes, and partnered with the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park to collect an optional $2 donation for those driving to the Festival.

“We partnered with our vendors this year to green-up their operations – prohibiting the use of Styrofoam, selecting menu items that did not require plastic utensils, proper disposal of trash and waste water and the limitation of condiments in plastic packs, but offering them ‘pump style’,” said Roche.

Additional initiatives will be introduced for the 2009 event.

For more information, call (814) 459-5477.

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