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Volume 9, Number 5 July 31, 2008     

Federal Pavilion tests recycling program
By Allison Reineck
The Federal Pavilion is going a little greener at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, as representatives from various agencies test out an EAA Recycling Program.

These representatives are taking part in the test run that was introduced by Maj. David J. Tessmer, director of logistics for the Air National Guard. “We did a little bit of recycling last year,” Tessmer said. “But I asked, ‘Can we make this more formalized this year?’”

After AirVenture last year, Tessmer and others met with EAA’s industry and regulatory affairs department to discuss how recycling could help and how many people could benefit from it. “We do recycling back home, and others do it at home as well,” Tessmer said.

Since yesterday, the recycling bins have filled up, which means AirVenture attendees are taking a liking to the program, and the representatives are viewing this as a positive and encouraging response. “Anytime you start something new, there is going to be a lot of room for growing,” Tessmer said. “It’s a challenge but a big learning curve to achieve.”

Tessmer will meet with EAA Government Relations Director Randy Hansen after AirVenture ends to discuss
the responses received from visitors throughout the week and start planning for AirVenture 2009. “We’ve done our part, and now we’re leaning on EAA to get the recycling stream flowing,” Tessmer said.

EAA’s pilot recycling program is supported by people more familiar to you for making beer—Anheuser-Busch Recycling. ABR is the brewing company’s nationwide recycling branch. EAA AirVenture’s program placed recycling bins at several sites, including the Federal Pavilion, exhibitor hangars, and other hospitality locations. ABR also supplied clear and blue plastic recycling bags, which were distributed to camping locations.

"The pilot program this year was a learning experience to help us better prepare for what we can do better in years to come with the support of Anheuser-Busch," said Steve Taylor, EAA’s facility manager.

"What AirVenture attendees may not realize is that EAA’s refuse service this year went to ‘single-source recycling,’ a system whereby trash is separated into recyclable and non-recyclable components before going to the landfill. Just because it’s all in one bin doesn’t mean it’s not being dealt with in a green fashion," Taylor added.

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