Athens Services provides the waste hauling and sorting for many businesses and residences in Los Angeles, including the Avalon Hollywood – the swanky night spot where the Pre-Oscar Party was held. Athens uses a wet-dry system, meaning that they take food scraps and wet paper (usually napkins) in the “Wet Material” bin to be composted, and then take everything else, such as bottles, cans, dry paper, and plastics, in the “Dry Material” bin to be sorted into each type of recyclable material.
To help recover the food scraps, our member EcoSafe Zero Waste donated large compostable bags for the “wet materials” bins, as well as small bins and bags for the bar areas. These little bins ended up getting plenty of leftover lemon twists and martini olives – goes to show we had a good time! Since we were using almost all reusables at the event (china plates, glassware, metal utensils, etc.), most of the waste generated would end up as either rich soil amendment or as bales of metal, glass, or plastics that will be sent to processors and factories be turned into new products. We even used all real plants and reusable decorations for the interior of the event space to minimize waste from our beautiful setup.
I was glad to get the chance to work with Athens and the great staff at the Avalon Hollywood to make sure that, by the end of the night, everything was set for the Athens Services trucks’ early morning visit, when they come by and whisk the organics and recyclables away to their new life as valuable products.