About Tompkins CRT
Tompkins CRT is a program supported by the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management that works with volunteers and festival organizers to implement waste reduction strategies at festivals within Tompkins County. With an acronym standing for Compost, Recycling, and Trash, the goal of these efforts is to divert as much waste as possible from landfills toward single-stream and food scraps recycling streams while also educating festival-goers about proper waste-sorting. It also aims to prevent contamination of compost and recycling bins, which can result in large quantities of recyclable or compostable material being wasted as unacceptable items reach too high of a concentration. When well-marked signs aren't enough, CRT volunteers keep a watchful eye over the bins.
Tompkins CRT has ongoing relationships with Ithaca Festival, the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, the Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, and others.
Volunteering with Tompkins CRT
Volunteering has many benefits. When you volunteer you can:
- Put your environmentalism into action
- Help make a festival or event great by being a part of it
- Learn more about recycling and composting and put your skills to the test
- Develop experience practicing your public communication and outreach skills