Collingswood Green Festival


Collingswood Green Festival

Green Festival!
April 20, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Ave.
See scenes from the inaugural event here!
Produced for Collingswood TV by volunteer Geoff Nichols.

Hello spring! Welcome the warm weather in Collingswood with the fifth annual Green Festival on April 20!

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Avenue thousands will gather to celebrate the way they’re giving Mother Nature a hand. Check out booths with eco-friendly products, tips, demonstrations and info on new ways to think and live green.

The Green Festival is a great opportunity to spring clean your home in an ecologically sound way by dropping off items at recycling stations. Bring these items to the festival for drop off and reduce your waste stream:

Shoes: All paired men’s’, women’s’ and kid’s shoes that are still usable. This includes athletic shoes, dress shoes, work boots, sandals, heels, flats, etc.

Ink cartridges

Natural corks

Vegetable waste oil (will be made into bio-fuel)

Bring your sensitive documents for shredding

Drop off all of hazardous waste at Public Works (more on that below)

Plus, you can stop by the recycle tent to learn how to recycle almost anything and greatly reduce the amount of trash your home contributes to landfills.

After you bring items to responsibly recycle at the Festival, you can leave with all sorts of goodies to live a greener life! Buy a shade tree, composter or rain barrel at a subsidized price. Learn all about local, sustainable food and where to get it, learn about cloth diapering, water conservation, renewable energy, green buildings and more! Little eco-crusaders will have plenty to keep them busy at the kids’ zone while you stroll the eco-artisan mall and stop for a bite of sustainably produced food offerings from local restaurants.

This year’s festival is again held the same day as the Camden County Hazardous Waste Collection event in Collingswood at the Public Works garage on N. Atlantic Ave. This way, green-minded residents can drop off hazardous waste safely and then check out the fair to learn what businesses, organizations and other residents are doing to be green. Remember, electronics are collected year round in the Bike Share parking lot next to the Community Center.

“For the five year anniversary, why not try something that you’ve been putting off to make the world a greener place?” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “Everyone at this event is so thankful for the green opportunities we have to improve things and they’re so enthusiastic to do more. For 2013 take the first steps to living a greener life or take your eco-efforts to the next level.”

Guests can check out products and services from vendors and local businesses, enjoy music and food, learn about green architecture and get involved with Collingswood’s Bike Share with a free tune up from volunteer mechanics and a bicycle safety refresher. Plan spring and summer gardens with tips from Collingswood’s own green gardeners. Learn more about the locavore movement (everything about buying and eating local sustainable foods), cloth diapering and lots more you can do to reduce your impact on the planet and live green!

Interested in getting involved? Vendor spaces are open and volunteers are needed. Don’t hesitate to show off green initiatives, products or learn how you can pitch in. Contact Commissioner Joan Leonard at 856-858-4545.

Whether you’re new to the world of green or a hardcore treehugger, come out for fun and learn what you can do – the Green Festival is free!

Collingswood’s Green Festival is just one of the eco-initiatives that makes the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden, the only town that provides car sharing (via Zipcar) in Southern New Jersey and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.