Clearwater Festival To Host 'Zero Waste Pot Luck' In Westchester Church

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Clearwater Festival reduced its waste by more than nine tons last year.
Clearwater Festival reduced its waste by more than nine tons last year. Photo Credit: File Photo

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Clearwater Festival's "Zero Waste Presentation and Potluck" is set for Sunday, March 16 in Dobbs Ferry. 

The free potluck is set to begin at 4 p.m. at South Church, 343 Broadway. Clearwater Festival reduced its waste by more than nine tons last year, according to a release.

"Discover this little known, local success story and a practical plan for reducing waste at home and community gatherings," representatives said. 

Those who attend the potluck will learn the inside story of Clearwater Festival's zero-waste success and a practical plan for reducing waste at family gatherings and community events with MJ Wilson, Zero Waste co-coordinator of Clearwater Festival and panelists Elisa Zazzera and Lakis Polycarpou of Nature Cycle Organics. Attendees are asked to bring food to share for the zero waste potluck. The event is sponsored by Roots & Wings, the sustainable initiative of South Church.

"Clearwater Festival is the environmentalist's gold standard. Not only is this gathering, founded by the legendary Pete Seeger, the largest annual environmental celebration in the United States, it received a 2013 Earth Day Award from Westchester County for its Zero Waste initiatives," representatives said.

MJ Wilson, Zero Waste co-coordinator of Clearwater Festival, will share how Clearwater Festival successfully diverted more than 15 tons of materials from going into the waste stream over the last three years.

"It's a wonderful testament to Toshi Seeger's vision back in the 1970s, a shift in perspective, and purposeful planning," said Wilson. "We really began to make process when we stopped thinking 'garbage cans' and started saying 'zero waste centers' for the separate collection of recyclable materials, organics, and trash." 

This year's Clearwater Festival will be held June 21 and 22 at Croton Point Park in Croton-On-Hudson.

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