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Sustainable awareness in New Orleans
MCCNO launches composting initiative
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), in partnership with its food and beverage distributor, Centerplate, has kicked off a new composting initiative aimed at reducing food waste with an employee awareness event at its employee "Riverside Cafe" cafeteria , which featured a dynamic presentation with costumed characters, quizzes, and more. Organised by Linda Baynham, director of sustainability and corporate social responsibility for MCCNO, the event featured members of the executive and facilities teams dressing up in spoon and fork costumes to demonstrate their commitment to the new programme. This new initiative involves the placement of composting bins that allow employees to safely dispose of food scraps and other compostable items, instead of simply throwing them in the trash. It also includes training on the items that cannot be composted, such as plastics, and instructions on how to properly recycle or dispose of those items. The majority of the serving ware used at MCCNO is compostable, including plates, cups and bowls. The food and serving ware that is composted through this programme is sent to the Composting Network, which turns it into useful material, such as enriched soil for landscaping and gardens. "This is a big step forward to saving thousands of pounds of compostable items from going to a landfill," said Baynham, "We're doing a lot more than just asking people to put their items in the right bin. We're helping the environment, our local small businesses, and creating real, positive change in the habits of those who want to help the environment." This is Baynham's first major initiative in her role that she began in October. In the coming months, she plans to follow this composting initiative with more ways to help MCCNO thrive in the era of sustainability.