3,000 forks + 1,500 knives + 1,200 spoons = Zero waste

3,000 forks + 1,500 knives + 1,200 spoons = Zero waste

EUGENE, Ore. - Master Recyclers are putting a fork in waste from the Whiteaker Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The reusable dishware program collected 3,000 forks, 1,500 knives and 1,200 spoons for next week's dinner.

That means no more need for plastic spoons, forks and knives for the hundreds of diners who attend each year.

And it brings the waste from the event to nearly nothing.

"So most everything that is generated by the event is either reused or recycled or composted," said Kelly Bell, a Lane County master recycler. "Very little is trash now."

Last year, the event cut waste from dinner down to just a cubic yard. This year's waste will likely be even less.