Hey MCRP volunteers,
Just a thought (and I've been doing this for years) - how about bringing your own container with a lid and your own utensils to The Taste of Edmonton and other festivals?
Not only can you bring your doggy bag home with you to eat leftovers, you won't be forced to finish all on your plate. It will also save many plastic/paper plates and cutlery.
My kids have also been trained to pick up any bottles/cans or containers that have deposits on them, and when they get returned, they get spending money. We average about $20 every 2 weeks, which keeps them happy and also cleans our parks/neighbourhood.