Collingswood, New Jersey

Green Festival

Green Festival!
April 18, 2015 - 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.

Spring is on the way (we swear) because plans for the Green Festival are taking shape! This annual event celebrates everything Collingswood – and you! – can do for our planet. 

This year, the Borough of Collingswood will host its seventh annual Green Festival on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Ave. The 2015 event will focus on Collingswood’s particular dedication to eco-issues as a municipality and from its residents.

“We are so fortunate to be able to really live green in Collingswood,” said organizer Commissioner Joan Leonard. “Our children plant trees yearly in Knight Park, our citizens have worked to markedly increase recycling and composting and we have a beautiful and successful community garden! We are outstandingly motivated to reduce what goes into our waste stream and embrace green ideas, especially when compared to other towns.”

Each year, the Green Festival offers Collingswood residents, businesses, vendors and volunteers the chance to come together to work toward a better environment and a better future through a variety of booths, demonstrations and recycling opportunities. 

Attendees can recycle items such as natural corks, ink cartridges, vegetable oil (for bio-fuel), cell phones, bagged packing peanuts, rechargeable and button batteries, rinsed Capri Sun pouches and Brita filters. Also, attendees can recycle all paired and reusable men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, including athletic shoes, dress shoes and work boots. Guests can bring their Crocs brand shoes to recycle, which get remade into new Crocs that go to developing countries for those without shoes. Pick up even more recycling ideas from the recycle tent to reduce your waste stream. Stop by to learn small and big ways to live greener – and share tips on how we can all reduce our impact on the planet!

The Green Festival offers more than just the opportunity to recycle. In addition to hearing live music, guests can stroll through the eco-artisan mall featuring food from local restaurants, farmers and specialty organic vendors. The festival also provides booths with environmentally friendly products, tips, demonstrations and information about new ways of thinking and living green.   

“With more than 70 participants there really is something for everyone” said Commissioner Leonard, “People from one to one hundred can learn easy ways to reduce their impact on the planet.”

The festival hosts booths such as the artist booth, where artists make recycled items into art.  Guests can also learn about things such as local, sustainable food, cloth diapering, water conservation, renewable energy and green -as in environmentally friendly- buildings. Pick up shade trees, backyard composters, or rain barrels—all at subsidized prices. There will also be paper shredding available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Collingswood Roots and Shoots Nature Club runs an entire area just for children! Kids can visit the face-painting booth, enjoy arts and crafts and get a head start on environmentalism.

At the Bike Share tent, guests can learn to tune up their bikes from mechanic volunteers and sign up for the Bike Share program, which costs $25 to rent a bike for a year.

Attendees can drop off hazardous waste at the Green Festival because the event coincides with Camden County’s Hazardous Waste Collection. Public Works on N. Atlantic Ave will accept the hazardous waste event. Get more information on disposing of hazardous materials on April 18 here.

“Volunteers make this event happen and I am so grateful for that,” said Commissioner Leonard, “but on a day to day basis I’m really grateful to live in a town where people really think about how their action affect the world long-term. It’s very empowering to know that people want to do even more.” 

We need your help! Volunteers are needed to set up the event from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., break it down from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then clean up after. During the event, volunteers can help with the children’s area, bike share, information booths, food areas and throughout the festival.  Interested vendors and volunteers can call Commissioner Leonard at 856-858-4545 or email

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! See you on April 18!

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.

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