Reducing Waste at the Rib Cook-Off

By: Lauren Garber Email
By: Lauren Garber Email

Sparks, Nev. - The thousands of people who come to John Ascuaga's Nugget for the Best in the West Rib Cook-Off leave behind a lot of trash. But this year, The Nugget is reducing that waste by at least 15 percent.

They're doing it by changing what you eat with, and you might not even notice a change.

All of the utensils, cups and plates that you use at The Nugget during the Cook Off are compostable. They look almost like they're made out of plastic, but they're actually made from cornstarch.

The composting process takes about three months. The garbage gets mixed around, and just leaving it out in heaps in the sun helps bacteria break it down.

It may seem like a long process, but all you have to do is put it in the trash.

"The way to make things work is to make things convenient for people. If you make it easy, they'll do it. If you make it difficult ... most people are going to go, 'well yeah right, no I'm not,'" said Tom Donovan, General Manager of R.T. Donovan Company, Inc.

Inside Rib Village, everything is compostable, so you don't have to separate anything.

Outside of Rib Village, just look for a recycling tent when you're done eating.

The Nugget gets a rebate from the state for going green, and they're donating that money to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

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