BOONSBORO, Md. (April 1, 2009) – A major goal of Green Fest 2009 is to encourage residents to recycle and reuse. An array of opportunities will be available at the May 9 event at Shafer Park.
Green Fest is sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
Did you ever wonder what to do with the old sewing machine that hasn’t been dusted off in years? You can take it to the Green Fest and an organization will make sure it goes to a developing country so a young mother can start a sewing business to support her family.
And what about those stacks and stacks of unwanted clothes or that pile of old, smelly sneakers in the corner of the garage? Bag them up and take them to the Green Fest.
You can swap the clothing for something you need at St. James Church’s Gently-used Clothing Swap & Sale in Pavilion #1 and you can toss the sneakers into a shoe company’s collection bin. Nike grinds down the soles to make running tracks for youngsters.
Transportation vehicles and medical equipment will also be collected by participating organizations. Bikes of the World collects the bikes for distribution in other countries, where a bike might be a family’s only mode of transportation (except for walking, of course).
Wheels of the World, on the other hand, collects wheelchairs (non-motorized kind), along with other medical equipment, such as aluminum walkers, canes and crutches to help the injured and disabled be more independent.
Begin gathering up all of your reusable items and plan to take them to the Green Fest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 9.
Collecting stations will also be set up for recyclables such as eyeglasses and cases, egg cartons, wire clothes hangers, ink cartridges, cell phones and rechargeable batteries.
Recycling bins will be collecting mixed paper/newspaper, aluminum, glass and plastic (#1 and #2 only) bottles and flattened cardboard of every size.
‘Triple the Harvest’
Boonsboro area residents are being challenged to recycle 12 tons in only four hours!
The figures are in for the recycling dumpster located in the south end of Boonsboro; residents recycled four tons per week during February. So, Harvey Hoch thinks Green Fest attendees could triple a week’s recycling during the four-hour event.
Who is this Harvey Hoch? He is the Washington County recycling coordinator and he’s made these challenges before, in other locales. But he’s never made such an ambitious one.
“From what I see, Boonsboro area’s recycling numbers keep going up,” says Hoch (pronounce Hoke). “I believe if everybody participates, the challenge can be met, going away.”
To participate in the challenge, all you have to do is save up your recyclable mixed paper/newspaper, aluminum, glass and plastic (#1 and #2) and transport them to the parking lot next to the Community Center at Shafer Park during Green Fest.
(These are the same items that are recyclable in the dumpster at the Park-n-Ride at the intersection of Alt. Rt. 40 and Rt. 67 and at other dumpsters throughout Washington County.)
The results will be announced here after all of the recyclables are weighed at the 40 West Landfill, according to Hoch.
The challenge is open to Washington County residents only.