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.

UPDATE! Read more about specific programs and opportunities at the festival. So much to do!

RSVP, chat and get updates about this event on the event page started by Green Festival Volunteers! Click here!

Paper Shredding
Free paper shredding will be available to guests at the Green Festival! Bring sensitive documents for shredding from 10am to 1pm.

Electronics Recycling Drop Off
The Collingswood Green Festival will also have an electronics recycling drop at the 2015 event. Electronics that can be recycled include appliances that have a cord that are not white goods. Please do not put old toasters, TVs, computers and other electronics in the waste stream! Electronics can be dropped underneath the speedline by the paper shredding from 9am to 2pm on April 18.

Reminder: April 18 is also the Camden County Hazardous Waste Drop Off

Free Tree Seedlings available!
Free tree seedlings will be available to Collingswood residents at the Collingswood Green Festival as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Seedlings, available on a first come, first served basis, also come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out. For a list of all distribution locations across the state, visit www.forestry.nj.gov or www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests.

Perkins Center for the Arts Green Festival activities
The Dirt on Rain Gardens: What they do, how they’re made and their applicability in suburban communities

Mike Haberland, Environmental and Resource Management Agent for the Cooperative Extension of Camden County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, will give a  presentation at 10am and 11am at Perkins Center’s Rain Garden,  including  information on how Rain Gardens help the environment, how they’re built, how they’re maintained and why everyone should have one! Please join us for one of these two informative sessions. 

Butterfly (Recycled) Feeder Workshop with Kate Johnson
Attract a larger variety of butterflies to your garden by giving them a snack and place to rest! Kids will use simple household supplies like jars, string, sponges, and sugar water to create one of a kind, refillable butterfly feeders for their yard or garden. These feeders, when embellished with bright colors, also attract hummingbirds and can be hung from tree branches or outside of windows to provide exciting observation opportunities. 
Come to the Perkins Center workshop table (in front of our building) at 10:15am or 11:15am to create your own unique “green” butterfly feeder. Teaching artist Kate Johnson will be there to guide you through the process.   

Perkins Center for the Arts has teamed up with TerraCycle® to outsmart e-waste (flyer below)
With TerraCycle, we now have the opportunity to recycle typically non-recyclable or difficult-to-recycle waste. We invite you to help us keep waste from ending up in landfills- by bringing these items to the Green Festival, it will be recycled and upcycled with TerraCycle.
ACCEPTED WASTE: Brita products (filters, pitchers, packaging) and baby and toddler food pouches and caps. Drop these items for recycling in the TerraCycle bins in front of Perkins Center for the Arts, 30 Irvin Ave.

Dustless Hardwood Spring Cleaning Toy Drive 2015
It’s time for our annual spring-cleaning toy drive. Celebrate the season and give new life to your gently used toys, books and school supplies by donating them to Camden County Head Start Programs.
Items can be brought to Dustless Hardwood Floors’ table at Collingswood Green Fest on April 18, or celebrate Earth Day all month long and leave donations at the Dustless office throughout the month of April (487 Haddon Ave.) from 9am to 1pm on weekdays or on the covered porch anytime. Items left on the porch will be brought in daily.
Questions? Call Susan at 609-314-0301 or the Dustless Hardwood Floors office at 856-833-0024. Or email Donna at donna1193@comcast.net

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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 jleonard@collingswood.com.

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.

Image by Candice Z Photography

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