first fridays goes green!

Last year Oakland First Fridays replaced our single trash receptacles with three bins to sort compost, recyclables and landfill. Our goal is to be a zero-waste event, and we can’t do it without your help! Please put your refuse into the correct bin:

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• Green Bins for Compostables: Biodegradable items like food leftovers and paper based food containers, plant matter, and napkins and plates.
Blue Bins for Recyclables: Cans, bottles, rigid plastics, dry paper, cardboard and the like, and
Black Bins for Landfill: Everything that is neither compostable nor recyclable.

 The reason for this is obvious: Earth needs our help. Our seas and oceans are filled with plastic waste, our landfills are full of reusable materials, resources are dwindling and global warming poses a growing threat to civilization itself. People are increasingly recognizing that the single-use, throwaway culture of the 20th century is no longer sustainable if we are to leave a world for future generations to thrive.

With as many as 50,000 people coming to Oakland First Fridays, we have a responsibility to minimize our environmental impact. Our dedicated team spends hours after each event sorting through bags of refuse to ensure it’s properly sorted. This is a noble job and we ask everyone to help out by putting your discards into the appropriate bin to make their jobs easier. Every bit matters: a pound of organic waste that goes into a landfill releases almost that much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this important work at the event, for an hour or more any time between 5 and 9pm! Click below for more information:

On a related note, here’s the latest (awesome) video from our friends at Big Picture Anthems on saving the Earth: