Race Day Waste Cheat Sheet
|Mixed Containers||Compost||Refundables||Soft Plastics||Paper||Garbage|
|Coffee cups and lids, plastic cups, milk containers, glass jars and bottles||Water and electrolyte cups, banana peels, tea bags, food scraps, wet and greasy paper, compostable foodware||Juice boxes, plastic water bottles, other deposit beverage containers||Plastic bags and packaging, candy wrappers, chip bags||Paper sleeves from coffee cups, brochures, newspaper||Styrofoam, straws, gel packs, balloons, dirty plastics|
Local non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® is known in the community for hosting sustainable events with a high waste diversion rate. With the help of Green Chair Staff and Volunteers, we look forward to putting on another green event at this year’s race, and kindly ask for your support.
Running a Marathon, Half Marathon or 8KM isn’t always a simple task, and sometimes it can be easy to forget the little things – like recycling. That’s why we’ve created a Runner’s Green Pledge with some key points and information to help remind you of how you can assist in keeping our city one of the greenest!
- Dispose of goods such as cups, gels, etc. in proximity of the water stations on-course
- Do not dispose of any items on bridges, along the Seawall, or close to the shoreline
- Use the clearly marked recycling stations, not City bins, at the Start and Finish Line
- Dispose of all recyclable food in recycling stations and garbage at green waste stations
- Green Chair Staff and Volunteers will help to sort and recycle
TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon as well:
- Ride the Canada Line on race day, or take advantage of free shuttle options
- Use the free bike valet available for runners on race day
- Carpool with friends or family if you are driving to the event
The BMO Vancouver Marathon also does a street sweep of the Marathon and Half Marathon, helping the event achieve an overall diversion rate of 98%. In 2017, as an example, 9,260 kg of materials were recycled – the equivalent of 1,148 bags of garbage were saved from landfill.