Zero Waste Research at the Apple Festival

Zero Waste Research at the Apple Festival

The annual Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Garden is a popular two-day event that hosts up to 18,000 people. With food vendors and apple related products for sale, the event creates hundreds of kilograms of waste which attendees struggle to properly sort.

An interdisciplinary research team set out to investigate the best options such as bin layouts, innovative signage, and volunteers to improve sorting and recycling rates. The research results showed that volunteers made all the difference: bins with trained volunteers had the lowest number of contaminants.