NEW YORK, May 13 // PRNewswire // - An estimated 45,000 walkers will participate in the 24th annual AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) Sunday, May 17 in Central Park. An event of this size (twice the participation of the Boston marathon) produces tons of waste. However, to be as green as possible, AWNY organizers have asked 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a professional junk removal company, to handle waste removal for the second year. The company will recycle at least 50% (approximately 8 tons) of the garbage produced.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? filled 19 trucks along the route last year. This year the company will increase capacity to 24 trucks, in the hope of making AWNY the cleanest demonstration possible.
"It's challenging to sort the mass of cups, bottles, wrappers, paper, and miscellaneous garbage into different trucks because all those materials are recycled differently," explains Cameron Robinson, manager of the Manhattan 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. "But we have this down to an art and we're happy to provide a service that really no other company can."
"AIDS Walk New York strives to be the model for cost-efficient fundraising. That's why, for the second year, we are working with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to create a waste recovery program that will yield a significantly higher return of paper, plastic and wood salvage," says Colin A. Weil, COO of MZA Events.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? will be sending staff and trucks from nearby franchises to run the clean-up effort. Trucks will be stationed at rest areas along the 10km route.
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $100 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2008, the Walk raised a record sum of $7 million.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping residents and businesses remove junk and regain space. We are passionate about recycling and donating to charity.
AIDS Walk New York was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events. Miller's AIDS Walk fundraising model has raised more than $350 million for leading AIDS charities.