Schools are back in session and in another local tradition, street rods are rolling into town. The Shades of the Past car show is once again, offering a service this year that has nothing to do with street rods – recycling!
As the number of special events that make Sevier County their destination grows each year, the waste generated by these events grows as well. The Shades of the Past Car show is taking positive steps to decrease their footprint with the help of Keep Sevier Beautiful to reduce the amount of trash from the event by offering over sixty recycling bins through a partnership with neighboring Keep Blount Beautiful.
“Many car show organizers in the area are not thinking of sustainability,” said Lizzie Gaver, AmeriCorps member and KSB program coordinator. “Keep Sevier Beautiful appreciates that each year the Shades of the Past event organizers not only take strides to recycle, but to keep the event a litter-free event.” The task is not an easy one as over 20,000 people are expected to attend the car show.
The Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup is being held Sept. 9–10, 2016 at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge.
The recycling effort is a joint effort between KSB and Keep Blount Beautiful. Keep Blount is providing the recycling containers they obtained through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. Shades event organizers help promote recycling and litter-free through staff.
Many special events throughout the nation are striving to be waste free by providing both recycling and composting. With Sevier County already composting 60% of its waste, composting does not have to be offered onsite of special events. Only the non-compostable items — such as plastics and aluminum — need to be collected to reduce waste being landfilled.
Keep Sevier Beautiful offers recycling for any special events within the County for both large and small events. “Many event organizers don’t have the budget to include the recycling containers, especially when the event is only held annually. We also have a growing number of volunteers who consistently work to reduce waste and create litter free events,” said Gaver. “We’re here to provide the service not only to the organizers of Shades of the Past, but for our entire Community.”
For more information on Keep Sevier Beautiful and special event recycling, visit www.keepsevierbeautiful.org.
Photo – (right to left) Keep Sevier Beautiful Executive Director Lisa Bryant, CAC AmeriCorps member and Program Coordinator Lizzie Gaver, and Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown.