As Radford University staff members gather today for their annual picnic along the banks of the New River, the 600-700 expected guests will participate in the university’s largest-ever Zero-Waste or “ZeWe” event.
“Our goal is to send nothing to the landfill,” said RU Recycling Coordinator Stan Wilkinson. “We intend to recycle or compost everything.”
Guests at the picnic will eat their hot dog or hamburger off of compostable plates, use compostable flatware to enjoy the potato salad and drink their iced tea or lemonade from compostable cups.
The flatware, cups and plates are made of bioplastic-- derived from cornstarch--and are designed to breakdown within two months, said Wilkinson, who credits Chartwells with being instrumental in making a Zero Waste event of this scale possible.
RU Recycling and Chartwells worked with Alumni Affairs to host “ZeWe” events such as the Homecoming “Crusties Celebration” and the Welcome Back Weekend Alumni Picnic.