In the summer of 2012, the Cleaner, Greener LoDa Committee was formed when the Downtown Mobile Alliance brought together a group of like-minded organizations and city departments to develop ways for the Downtown area to be more sustainable. The bottom of the webpage showcases the committee’s partners. Cleaner, Greener LoDa is focused on reducing waste at large public events by encouraging recycling and reusing resources, urging venues/businesses to utilize green practices, and educating the general public on the importance of sustainability.
From February 7th- 25th, City of Mobile Public Works Department collected litter and recycling during every Mardi Gras parade. As you can see from below, a grand total of 5,544 lbs of recyclables were collected during this season!
One of the main focuses is how waste and recycling are considered and handled for 1065 (previously BayFest) and Mardi Gras, the two largest events in downtown Mobile. The Committee decided to create an “Eco-Team” to be a volunteer base for recycling at these events. The Eco-Team has successfully recycled plastics, aluminum, and cardboard during BayFest (2012 - 2014), Mardi Gras (2013-2019), Streets Alive (2014), 1065 (2015 - 2018), and the Mobile Thompson Fishing Rodeo (2015).
To continue the work of the Eco-Team, the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) submitted and received a grant from the Sybil Smith Charitable Trust in August of 2014. The grant supported a Coordinator position for a full year and provided needed resources to successfully recycle at BayFest 2014 and Mardi Gras 2015. If you are interested in coordinating an Eco-Team event, contact Mark Berte at mberte@joinACF.org or (251) 990-6002. Additionally, the Eco-Team welcomes private sponsorships and additional grants to sustain its vital efforts.
With the City of Mobile’s Litter Ordinance enacted in 2014 and the state mandate requiring Mobile County to recycle 25% of the community’s waste, the Eco-Team’s services are more critical than ever before. In August of 2015, the Cleaner, Greener LoDa Committee launched a Coastal Alabama Green Events Planning Guide for event organizers to utilize in their planning and implementation. The Eco-Team is available to carry out recycling and sustainability practices for area events via contract. Also, the Cleaner, Greener LoDa Committee is open to expansion opportunities and is currently working in Downtown Mobile with bar/restaurant owners and managers to look into ways to recycle cardboard. The committee is inclusive and welcomes any potential new members.
*The City of Mobile workers recycled at every parade in 2020!
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Benefits of Eco-Team Efforts
Less litter ending up in waste stream due to recycling.
Less litter ending up in local waterways (stormwater runoff) due to greater options for throwing away trash and volunteer efforts.
Increase in public awareness about recycling and environmental stewardship in the Mobile area.
The Eco-Team is focused on a generational change whereby as these efforts continue, growth takes place among the general public little by little each year. In the future, it is hoped that recycling is a learned behavior and that waste is minimized during large public events.
These efforts will benefit our local economy and communities by creating cleaner, more efficient events and provide healthier living environments.