Woodstock’s Earth Day Festival to encourage recycling
by Michelle Babcock
April 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 2384 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Woodstock’s second Earth Day Festival and annual recycling event is set for this Saturday, and organizers are hoping to make a large dent in the city’s waste.

The weekend celebration will begin with a recycling event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can bring all sorts of recyclable items to The Park at City Center to help reduce the waste in landfills.

Marybeth Stockdale, special events coordinator for Woodstock Parks and Recreation, said the weather will be beautiful and the festival is sure to be hit.

“Last year I think we had 16,000 pounds of electronics we recycled,” Stockdale said.

The Earth Day Festival will begin during the recycling event, at 11 a.m., and will run through 2 p.m.

The festival will feature live music, vendor booths and children’s attractions.

“We do have some vendors, some food vendors, a DJ that’s going to be playing music in the gazebo,” Stockdale explained. “One vendor has a new type of composting, where your things will compost in four to eight days, as opposed to weeks. He learned about this new process from Japan, and he’s trying to spread the word here about this new process, so I’m really excited to have him there.”

The Sierra Club, along with the city’s Storm Water Maintenance department, will join other vendors at the festival, Stockdale said.

For children, the festival will have a moonwalk and crafts.

“Our environmental manager is going to be there doing Chia pets with kids,” Stockdale said. “They’re going to stuff an old nylon with dirt and grass seed. They’re going to put little eyes on it, and it looks like caterpillars. The kids always love that craft.”

The city is joining Waste Management and Reworx Recycling to make the event possible, and most items are free to recycle.

Old computers and monitors, TVs, cellphones, household and car batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, magazines, cardboard and newspaper, eyeglasses, hearing aids and other electronics will be accepted.

A few items will cost residents to dispose of, with a cost of $10 for TVs, $25 for large projection TVs and $5 for CRT monitors. Loose computer hard drives can also be shredded onsite for $5.

Light bulbs are required to be in a clear, sealed plastic bag. Cellphones collected at the event will go to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, providing soldiers overseas with 60 minutes of prepaid calling so they can talk with family.

The electronic equipment will be processed by Reworx to be reused, reducing waste at local landfills and keeping the toxins from leaking into soil and waterways.

Along with the recycling program, Waste Management will also provide special trash service the entire week — April 21to 25, Stockdale explained.

“Normally when somebody has something big they have to throw away, they have to make a special call to the waste management company to have that picked up,” she said. “This week, they’re prepared for those items, so nobody has to make a special call. They can just put it outside.”

Refrigerators and freezers must have refrigerants removed and tagged, and grills and lawnmowers must have all liquids and gas removed. No construction debris will be collected.

Woodstock will also organize a citywide yard sale event all weekend as part of the Earth Day celebrations.

“The yard sale goes on all week, and what we do is we ask anyone who is having a yard sale to let us know their address, and we place ads in newspapers, on Craigslist, Facebook, email blasts, the city website, our community calendar What’s Up Woodstock,” Stockdale explained. “We don’t charge them anything, we just ask they pick up their signs after the event.”

The Park at City Center is at the corner of Main Street and Arnold Mill Road in downtown Woodstock.

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