NRV SkyFest is a Certified Virginia Green Eevent! Join us in Preserving our Environment
AirShow Fans can expect to find the following activities at NRV SkyFest:
We will Provide Clearly Marked Recycling Locations for:
- Glass Bottles
- Aluminum Cans
- Plastic Bottles
- Paper & Cardboard
- Composting (Will be used by our Vendors & Organizers) See Why Composting is a more controlled effort at the bottom of this page
WE WILL MINIMIZE THE USE OF DISPOSABLE FOOD SERVICE PRODUCTS WHEN POSSIBLE BY:
- Using disposable food service items that are made with recycled content
- Using disposable food service items that are recyclable in Southwest Virginia
- Using compostable food service items and direct this material to available composting operations
- We will use electronic registration, correspondence & forms instead of paper forms whenever possible
- Print brochures & other printed items on recycled content paper
- Purchase/use paper products with 30% or higher recycled-content whenever available
- We will track overall solid waste costs (required as a part of our participation in Virginia Green)
- Donate excess food from event
- Arrange for the composting of food waste and other compostables
- Use non-bleached napkins & coffee filters
- Provide condiments, cream & sugar, etc. in bulk in VIP Chalets and wherever possible
- Avoid box lunches by providing food in VIP Tents on platters & serving trays
- Purchase recycled-content paper towels & toilet paper
- We encourage the use of mass-transit and carpooling to the event
- Provide for recycling of boxes & other set-up wastes
- Reuse or donate shipping & packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
- See our link to the Virginia Green Events webpage for more info
- We are glad you viewed our Green Event section on our webpage highlighting all of our green activities
- We will have signs at the Gate & in our program listing all of our green activities
- Look for The Virginia Green Logo on signs & recycling containers during the AirShow
- We will quantify our greening efforts & post estimates of the reduced environmental impacts after the show – thank you for recycling with us!
Listen for announcements throughout the weekend about our efforts to reduce our collective environmental impact…
We encourage you to recycle during and after the show!
At least 90% of our supplies and products are purchased locally, reducing fuel consumption and pollution while contributing to the local economy.
We will be composting at the air show, and while you can buy the stuff, making your own compost is beneficial to you, your plants and the environment.
At the same time it helps your garden, it also helps your environment by reducing the amount of organic material that literally goes to waste (and becomes waste) in your local landfill.
Composting can reduce waste in the dump by anywhere from 20 to 45%
Combined with recycling efforts – you can reduce landfill waste by as much as 75%
(and this is why NRV SkyFest is committed to our Virginia Green efforts)
A Few More Benefits of Composting:
Compost enriches soils with the ability to help regenerate poor soils. The composting process encourages the production of beneficial micro-organisms (mainly bacteria and fungi) which in turn break down organic matter to create humus (a rich nutrient-filled material)
Compost helps prevent pollution
Composting organic materials that have been diverted from landfills ultimately avoids the production of methane and leachate formulation in the landfills.
Compost has the ability to prevent pollutants in stormwater runoff from reaching surface water resources.
Compost has also been shown to prevent erosion and silting on embankments parallel to creeks, lakes, and rivers, and prevents erosion and turf loss on roadsides, hillsides, playing fields, and golf courses.
Some ideas for composting on your own:
Gather all grass clippings & green yard waste & be sure to mix with the "brown" materials like leaves & shredded paper to add carbon. You will need both; if you only add grass clippings your pile will compact and start to stink.
Do not compost meats or pet droppings. Stick with vegetable scraps and yard waste only.
Avoid all pesticides and/or herbicide treated material.
If you add weeds to your pile make sure your pile is good and hot. It should be steaming hot, not just warm otherwise it may not kill the seeds.
Turn your pile as often as you can. Each time you turn it will speed up the process.
Keep your compost damp but not wet. As you add material to your pile make sure that each layer is moist as it is added. During the summer your pile will dry out and the composting process will slow down.
Got too much material to compost? Make a second or third pile. Stop adding material to a pile that is underway and start a new pile. This will insure you get a chance to use the compost this season.
Add compost to your garden a few weeks before you plant. Let the compost have a chance to work into the soil. Try to mix it in and let it sit before you plant.
What to Compost:
Coffee grounds and filters
Cotton or wool rags
Dryer & vacuum cleaner lint
Fruits and vegetables
Hair and fur
Hay and straw
What Not to Compost
· Black walnut tree leaves or twigs (they release substances that might be harmful to plants)
· Coal or charcoal ash (might contain substances harmful to plants)
· Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs – they create odor problems & attract pests such as rodents & flies
· Diseased or insect-ridden plants Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
· Fats, grease, lard, or oils (create odor problems & attract pests)
· Meat or fish bones & scraps (create odor problems & attract pests)
· Pet wastes (dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter) - Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens & viruses harmful to humans
· Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides - Might kill beneficial composting organisms
NOTE: Finished compost can be applied to lawns and gardens to help condition the soil and replenish nutrients. Compost, however, should not be used as potting soil for houseplants because of the presence of weed and grass seeds.
Our Event Organization (Always Eventful, LLC)
NRV SkyFest AirShow’s business plan includes recycling efforts & waste reduction with an emphasis on going Green.
NRV SkyFest has been thoughtfully planned to minimize environmental impacts and help increase environmental awareness.
By "Greening" we hope to set a great example that casts a positive light on our sponsors and organizers.
We appreciate your efforts in helping us to recycle, and invite you to attend our future events at www.alwayseventfull.com