Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum hosted a Green Coffee gathering at Clifford’s Coffee Canal on Wednesday, August 16.
See photos of the event on Facebook here.
During the gathering, Forum members discussed the encouraging partnership among MGSSBSF, The City of St. Joseph, Krasl Art Center, and Berrien County Parks, which allowed for public space recycling in St. Joseph, MI this summer. This partnership marks the debut of recycling at the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph, which draws an estimated 50,000 visitors each year. Approximately 500 pounds of material (plastic bottles, glass bottles, cardboard and plastic wrap) was diverted from the landfill over the 3 day event. This summer marks the 2nd year recycling has been in place at Silver Beach County Park, located in St. Joseph. From May through September, bins for the collection of cans and bottles are placed around the park, and cardboard from internal park operations is collection for recycling, as well. In 2016, approximately 12% of the waste generated at the Park was diverted from landfills into the recycling stream. The City of St. Joseph placed recycling bins around town and at city beaches during the 10 day Fourth of July holiday, which preceded the Krasl Art Fair. More than 12,000 water bottles were collected during this trial run.