Volunteers needed for major recycling effort at 1065 music fest

The 1065 Music Festival is set to begin Sept. 30 and last until Sunday, Oct. 2, and it’s got bands like Trombone Shorty, Counting Crows and Seether in line — and now, they also have a major recycling initiative.

Organizers are partnering with the Cleaner, Greener LoDa Committee’s Eco-Team to recycle as many materials as possible.

Volunteers to help with the recycling efforts are asked to sign up to recycle for 1065 as soon as possible and no later than September 26th at: www.joinACF.org. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Additionally, there will be prize drawings for all participating Eco-Team volunteers.

Bars and restaurants in Downtown Mobile successfully recycled at Dauphin Street Beer Fest on Saturday, August 27, with more than 23,000 bottles and cans were recycled thanks to the efforts of these businesses and volunteers.

Building on that success, the Eco-Team plans to coordinate with the bars and restaurants to recycle for 1065 Music Festival. There will be two 20-yard roll off containers provided by Republic Services to store the materials over the festival weekend.

Republic Services is sponsoring the recycling service of the aluminum and plastics for 1065.

Blue clear-stream recycling containers will be placed throughout the festival grounds, next to trash cans, and everyone attending the festival can help keep the event clean through the practice of recycling. Minimizing the amount of recyclable materials left on the ground, especially at the stage areas, allows for the Eco-Team to maximize its efforts by focusing on emptying the recycle containers versus picking up materials from off the ground.

Valerie Longa, Eco-Team Coordinator, stated, “We are thrilled to recycle for 1065 and are hoping to have a great number of volunteers signing up to help out! The more events in the Mobile area offering recycling, the greater potential for creating a cleaner community and conserving the natural environment for generations to come.”

This effort is an initiative of the Cleaner, Greener LoDa Committee led by the Alabama Coastal Foundation and key partners include: Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, City of Mobile (Special Events, Environmental Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Works), Downtown Mobile Alliance, Keep Mobile Beautiful, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mobile Carnival Association, Mobile County Recycling Center, and the Mobile County Health Department. All volunteers will receive an Eco-Team t-shirt. For further information about 1065’s Eco-Team and volunteering, please contact vlonga@joinACF.org or call 251-990-6002.

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