BikePGH strives to make PedalPGH a zero waste event

Take a look behind the scenes of the earth-saving steps we are taking at PedalPGH

In 2019, we hosted almost 3,000 participants and their many supporters at our annual charity bike ride, PedalPGH. As PedalPGH grows, we are also increasing its sustainability efforts. 

It takes a great deal of hard work and planning to produce a sustainable event, but we are committed to setting an example for the surrounding community and other events when it comes to environmental responsibility. 

At PedalPGH, BikePGH strives for Zero Waste status. Zero Waste means that at least 90% of your disposables are diverted from going to the landfill. 

Thanks to you, in 2019 we were at an 88.73% waste diversion rate, meaning almost 9 out of every 10 pounds of waste is being recycled, composted, donated, or reused. We couldn’t do this without our incredible partners at Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) and 412 Food Rescue.

Thanks to our partners

During PedalPGH the PA Resource Council provided and managed compost, recycling, and trash bins. Friendly faces staffed the area to then help folks separate their disposables and share helpful tips for waste reduction to attendees. 

Thanks to 412 Food Rescue leftover food was diverted from landfill and instead provided 300 meals to our neighbors. Volunteers redistributed two cars full of bananas, apples, and unopened sandwich trays.

PedalPGH Environmental Impact by the numbers:

  • 504 Pounds Recycled
  • 521 Pounds Composted
  • 360 Pounds Food Rescued
  • 300 Meals Provided
  • 195 Pounds of Carbon sequestered

The Food Recovery alone equivates to:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from 220 miles driven by the average passenger vehicle
  • Carbon sequestered by 1 tree seedling grown for 10 years
  • CO2 emissions from 11, 308 smartphones charged. 

PedalPGH is just shy of becoming a fully Zero Waste event. This year, with the help of our partners PRC and 412 Food Rescue, we plan to improve our strategies and reach our Zero Waste goal. Let’s keep it up and make a new record in 2020! 

Save the Date:
Don’t miss PedalPGH on Aug 30, 2020

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