Chumash Tribe wins EPA honor for zero waste efforts at casino

A view of the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Photo from Facebook

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for the zero waste efforts at its casino in California.

According to the EPA, the Chumash Casino Resort prevented more than 13 tons of food waste from entering landfills and increased animal feeding of food scraps to more than 80 tons. A certificate from the Food Recovery Challenge was presented to the tribe last week.

"It’s great to receive this acknowledgement," Chairman Vincent Armenta said in a press release “It not only recognizes the wonderful work of our Chumash Casino Resort facilities’ team it also motivates us to continue finding new ways to be environmentally sustainable."

The casino has been participating in the Food Recovery Challenge since 2013. The tribe also established a zero waste program in 2010.

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Santa Ynez Chumash Keep 13 Tons of Food Scraps Out of Landfill, Score Zero-Waste Award (Indian Country Today 5/13)

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