For the production of their new film, A Serious Man, the Coen Brothes and FOCUS Features studio ended up diverting more than 11 tons of waste from the landfill. The team hooked up with Shannon Schaefer, founder of the fledgling EcoSet Consulting, for advice on how to do everything from set recycling to composting. From the article,
During the 44-day shoot, she says, 80 percent of the 14 tons of trash was diverted. To start, organizers avoided the use of plastic water bottles whenever possible – instead, providing water stations and reusable bottles around the location, preventing an estimated 10,000 plastic water bottles from going to the city dump. Yet only 6 percent of the diverted waste was recycled cardboard, bottles or cans. Surprisingly, 74 percent of the refuse went to compost, including virtually everything from catering and craft services – fruits, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, paper and corn eating utensils (plates, napkins, cups, forks, knives). “Basically anything that was once an animal or a plant is now compost,” Schaefer said.
74% directed towards composting is fantastic! Just goes to show how many great options exist for avoiding recycling altogether and going straight for the organic breakdown. Said Schaefer, “I’ve seen a lot of waste and I’ve been in the position to where even though I care about it, I’m too exhausted to deal with it after filming. So, I’ve been there – I know how hard it can be. But if you have the prep time, if you know you’re doing it in advance and that you just have to implement some new systems, it’s not that difficult.”