By Kimberly Mak
Our Zero-Waste team has been hard at work this past week brainstorming and developing ideas to further reduce Pauley Pavilion’s waste. We’ve taken inspiration from various facilities and institutions that have successfully reduced the amount of waste they are sending to landfills. Some of these facilities include Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, San Diego amusement parks, and UC Berkeley.
One of our focus points includes minimizing waste from the problematic byproducts of concession items currently sold at Pauley Pavilion. Some items are difficult to replace, including the packaging that comes with food products such as candy, nacho chips, ice cream, and hot dog wrappers. Our goal is to switch to brands that have recyclable or compostable packaging. We also want to increase clarity of waste bin signage and educate people on proper sorting practices. Current signage is confusing or non-existent. People often rush out after games end, and if signs are unclear, there is little stopping people from throwing recyclables into trash bins and even leaving trash under seats. We would like to audit a basketball game to observe patron behavior in order to better prevent these common actions from happening.
At the end of our meeting, we began discussing plans for the upcoming Dance Marathon. We want to raise awareness about our goals to reduce waste generated at this event in addition to making all future events at Pauley Pavilion zero waste. Our team will educate the dancers about sustainable practices and work behind the scenes to incorporate compostable or recyclable products.