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,”
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.