CARNIVAL’S EFFORTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The Carnival created a green committee in 2007 and established a sustainable development program within the organization to propose green actions and increase sustainable development efforts.
- In the administrative offices, all recyclable materials collected by Quebec City are recycled in the blue bins provided for this purpose.
- Since 2007, the Québec Winter Carnival has been recycling paper and cardboard on the sites. For the 2008 edition, 75 recycling bins for paper, cardboard, plastic and metal were made available to the public on the Carnival sites. Result – the amount of garbage that accumulated during the 17 days of festivities decreased by half compared to 2007!
- All of the printer ink cartridges the Carnival organization uses are either recycled or refilled.
- The Workshop team reuses an enormous amount of materials for building floats and other Carnival elements.
- We send old electric wires to a supplier who reconditions them so they can be used again.
- All wood scraps are transformed into wedges to be used as doorstoppers or other items.
- We send used tires to a supplier to be melted down and remoulded into new tires.
- Unused stationary from previous years is transformed into notepads for the employees.
- A number of the Carnival’s emblem products are manufactured in Quebec City, not only cutting transportation fuel costs, but also contributing to keeping service sector jobs in the region.
- All of the natural fir trees used to decorate Carnival sites come from unsold garden centre stock following the Christmas period. After the winter event is over, these trees are sent to an essential oil distillery to be transformed into an aromatic perfume.
- The Workshops have a household hazardous waste depot (HHW) so that the toxic products employees use in their homes and for the event can be destroyed in a secure manner rather than being poured down the drain.
- Use of the LED technology on most Carnival sites.
- This year, we used 10,000 watts to light up the Palace compared to 100,000 watts in 2007, a 90% decrease!