How DCP Food Truck Rodeos Became Waste Wise Events

Have you ever thought about all of the trash that can be generated at a food truck rodeo? Fifty or more food trucks and thousands of hungry eaters all in one place can make A LOT of garbage!

Keep Durham Beautiful Helps Out

When we started putting together the food truck rodeos back in 2010, we were overwhelmed by all of the waste that was generated and tried some different strategies to manage it – More trashcans! Bigger dumpster! Adding recycling bins! But, in 2015, everything changed. We started working with Keep Durham Beautiful to turn our high waste generating event into a Waste-Wise one.

Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) had received a grant to work with large scale events in Durham to reduce waste. Quickly, they identified our Food Truck Rodeos as an event that was in need of a change. KDB helped to create waste stations where food truck rodeo guests can divide their waste into compost, recycling and landfill trash. They supplied signs to help guide people when dividing their trash into the proper bin.

Once the the bins were in order, KDB helped us to work with the trucks to increase the amount of waste generating material that can be composted. With their support, we were able to ban the use of styrofoam at the rodeos and encourage trucks to start using compostable and recyclable service items. With these changes, the amount of trash going to the landfill was drastically reduced. It was exactly the help that we needed!

Most importantly, though, KDB started the Waste Warrior Volunteer Program. The Waste Warriors are a team of volunteers that help staff all of the waste stations during the rodeos. They help guests sort their trash and educate folks about what can be composted and recycled. Often, toward the end of the Rodeo, the Waste Warriors take trash off the trucks and sort it before it goes to the dumpster. The Waste Warriors have contributed hundreds of hours and have been instrumental in making the rodeos waste wise events.

Empty Dumpsters and Happy Eaters

Now that the program is set up and running and Styrofoam has been eliminated, we found that most of the waste generated at the rodeo can be composted. Very little trash heads to landfill, it’s mostly just straws and plastic utensils! Since we started making the rodeos low waste events, we average about 1000 lbs of compostables and 800 lbs of recyclables are  diverted from the landfill at each rodeo. There have been times when, at the end of the rodeo,  the rented dumpster is practically empty!

The support from rodeo guests and food truck owners has been fantastic and really kept our momentum going. Rodeo visitors are used to dividing up their waste and are pretty excited to learn that most of what they throw away during the rodeos is composted. The trucks are happy to support the program and some have made changes in their general practices to make their trucks more waste-conscious every day.

Become a Waste Warrior Volunteer!

We are always looking for more Waste Warrior Volunteers. If you are interested in helping out or you have a service group that would like to join, we love to have you! You can read more about what Waste Warriors do and email [email protected] to sign up for a shift.

 

Our Food Truck Rodeo MAP is ready for Sunday!

We’ve heard it called a “rite of passage” for Durhamites and visitors alike: our awesome rain or shine FOOD TRUCK RODEOS. They only happen five times a year: the winter rodeo in January, spring rodeo (usually when the clocks spring forward), Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Halloween weekend. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or beverage from 50+ local food, beer, cider and wine entrepreneurs. Here’s the line up, or check out the map. If you love LIVE music, Counterclockwise String Band begins three sets of progressive Bluegrass, Americana and string band music at 12:30 p.m.

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo!

ONLINE application now available for our Nov. 1 Food Truck Rodeo! Durham Central Park has been hosting Food Truck Rodeos since 2010.

We hold 5 rodeos a year that feature over 50 local food trucks and draw in thousands of eaters from all over the area. Our rodeos highlight local food vendors from the Triangle that are MOBILE… ALL vendors must prepare the foods themselves and serve it out of a truck, trailer, minivan, cart, trike or bike!

 

Food Truck Rodeo, Mardi Gras kickoff lead weekend Best Bets

Thanks WRAL! A great weekend is in store for Durham and Durham Central Park. For full article visit http://www.wral.com/food-truck-rodeo-mardi-gras-kickoff-lead-weekend-best-bets/13313129/

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Food truck rodeo, Mardi Gras kickoff lead weekend best bets

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Durham is the place to be this weekend with the year’s first food truck rodeo, a Mardi Gras kickoff party and more!

It is time for the first Durham Food Truck Rodeo of 2014. More than 40 trucks, including Chirba Chirba, Pie Pushers, Porchetta and Sarge’s, will be on hand at Durham Central Park from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be some local beer from Fullsteam and live music. Weather permitting, the lawn will be full of man-made snow for sledding. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the afternoon.

Durham is getting into the carnival spirit Saturday night with a Mardi Gras kickoff party at The Pinhook. There will be music from The Bulltown Strutters and fire dancers. The event is also an official launch party for the Durham Mardi Gras parade Indiegogo campaign. Each year this walking parade heads through downtown Durham on Fat Tuesday evening. The crowd-funding project money will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music. The parade and block party are free to join.

Winter Food Truck Rodeo and sledding at Durham Central Park Jan. 26

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Mark Your Calendars: Sledding, food truck rodeo planned in Durham

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Durham Central Park announced this week that its Winter Food Truck Rodeo on Jan. 26 also will include a sledding hill.

Durham parks and recreation will transform the Great Lawn, which is the open green space that climbs the hill between The Leaf and The Skate Park, into a winter wonderland with artificial snow for sledding, according to a press release. There will be a section at the bottom of the hill for younger kids to play, build snow forts and make snow angels.

The rodeo, from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 26, will gather 40 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks under Durham Central Park’s Pavilion and along Foster Street. Among the trucks scheduled to attend: Dusty Donuts, American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger.

Fullsteam Brewery will have beer and there will be some live music too.

The Food Truck Rodeo is rain or shine. The snow and sledding will depend on the weather. Durham Central Park is at 501 Foster St. in Durham.

Food Truck Rodeo first-timer? It’s a blast THIS SUNDAY!

Food Truck Rodeo first-timer? That’s great! DO come, it’s a blast! 12:30-4:30 p.m. this Sunday, at Durham Central Park. There’s live music, a DJ, and activities for kids, too. Bring a chair or blanket, ATM is on site and most trucks accept credit cards. We’ll post a map soon to help plot your course between your choice of nearly 60 delicious, affordable, local choices:

Boss Hogs BBQ
American Meltdown
Baguettaboutit
Bandido’s Mexican Cafe
Barone Meatball Company
Big Mikes BBQ

Cakes by Caren
Chai’s Global Street Food
Chez Moi Bakery
Chick-N-Que
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
CJ’s Street Food
Crossroads Kettle Corn
D’Burritos Fresh Mex
Dusty Donuts
Fahsyrah’s Lemonade
Favor Desserts Bakery
FoodStans
Fullsteam
FoodStans
Foster’s on the Fly
Gussys Greek
Hibachi Xpress
the Humble Pig
ICED Cupcakes
JAM Soft Serve Ice Cream
JC’s Concessions
Kona Chameleon
Liv’s Food Truck
LoYo On The Go
Mac-Ur-Roni
MaMaDukes
Manna Concessions
Not Just Icing
Only Burger
Orlando’s Concessions
Parlez-Vous Crepe
Paws 4 Eva
Phat Wrapz
Philly’s Cheesesteaks
Pie Pushers
Porchetta
RedEye Barbeque
Roll Dog Express
Sarges Chef
Stoke and Smoke BBQ
Sunset Slush of North Raleigh
Sweet and Savory Express
Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Sympathy for the Deli
Time-Out Food Truck
Triangle Brewery
Triangle Raw Foods
Valentino’s Food Truck
Virgil’s Jamaica
Will and Pops