Sustainable Walnut Creek was asked by Walnut Creek’s Arts & Recreation (Center for Community Arts) to provide volunteers for Walnut Creek’s Trunk or Treat event on October 27 at Civic Park. Republic Services is to provide 8 three streams (recycle, compost & waste) receptacles at Civic Park for the event, and the volunteers are to assist people in disposing of items to ensure the right items are disposed of in the correct containers.
The idea occurred to have local high school students living in Republic Service’s service area volunteer for this job. They would first be trained, so we contacted Recycle Smart and learned that Republic Services’s Sustainability Advisors in Walnut Creek could provide the training for the students.
One of the most significant benefits of having RCW Ambassadors monitoring the receptacle stations is their interaction and engagement with the people disposing of items. Their presence at the stations alone makes a big impact. Their training teaches the relationship of composting and recycling to our environment, climate change, and global warming. This knowledge would be shared with the people disposing of stuff. The young Ambassadors give hope and inspiration that people take home.