We’re Still Here!

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had an event to work. But Happy Planet Running is still here! And when racing resumes, so will my work to keep events as Zero Waste as possible. The last event I helped with, the Super 5K in February, seems like it happened years ago. Now it’sContinue reading “We’re Still Here!”

Getting On and Taking Advantage

A warm welcome to the readers of RunBikeThrow, my blog, and Happy Planet Running, my Zero Waste business website. I hope you are well and staying safe through all this. The RBT family – me, my wife Joyce, and my daughters and their partners, and my siblings and their families, are all fine and doingContinue reading “Getting On and Taking Advantage”

2019 HPR Annual Activity Report

What a year! 41 events supported, and an average landfill diversion rate of over 95 percent with no waste sent to incineration. According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, and as a commonly used definition, a diversion rate of over 90 percent is considered “zero waste.” Many thanks to my clients RF Events, Epic Races,Continue reading “2019 HPR Annual Activity Report”

Damn Good Year! 2018 in Review

What a year! Here are the results from events serviced by Happy Planet Running in 2018, with 95 percent average landfill diversion! Here’s the breakdown by waste stream. By the numbers: Number of events: 34 Total attendance: 48,000 Total waste managed: 15,700 lbs. (nearly eight tons!) Best events: RF Events Flirt with Dirt, the EpicContinue reading “Damn Good Year! 2018 in Review”

Recyclable Cups? A New Hope

Runners love their coffee, and during races they need water and other hydration drinks. The most popular method for delivering the drinks continues to be paper cups. And why not? They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and do their job well. And they’re often provided free to races by sponsors such as Absopure. But the standard cup isContinue reading “Recyclable Cups? A New Hope”

Can You Recycle Race Bibs? Yes! (Updated)

UPDATE March 2020: It appears that DuPont no longer supports recycling of Tyvek race bibs. At this time the only race bib recycling option I can find is to use a Sporting Goods Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle. You can find it on their website at this link. They are also sold through some third-partyContinue reading “Can You Recycle Race Bibs? Yes! (Updated)”

How to Make a Zero Waste Team Deliriously Happy

Hooray for runners! Not only are they cool people, they care about the environment. Every runner I know supports Zero Waste, and we’ve received many, many thank-yous and compliments from race participants. And yet they do some things that make a Zero Waste effort more difficult. I know it’s not intentional; it’s more a lackContinue reading “How to Make a Zero Waste Team Deliriously Happy”