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PNNL's zero-waste event

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RICHLAND, Wash. -  The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hosted the 9th annual Voluntary Protection Program picnic. The theme was zero-waste.     

PNNL employees took part in recycling items such as soda cans, water bottles, chip bags and food. The zero-waste event recycled almost 300 pounds of waste. 86 of those pounds were sent to PNNL employee, Kurt Silvers, to feed his family's 27 pigs. 

Laurie True,  Polution Prevention Program Manager,  hopes to educate the staff and the community on the importance of recycling.  She says, "It's extremely easy to do. I know some people think it's a big project, a big undertaking, and it's not. It was not expensive for us to do." 

More than 1,600 PNNL employees attended this event.