2012’s 45thth Annual Maryland Seafood Festival will continue the Festival’s Pledge to “Go Green!” With our crowds enjoying the bounty of the Bay, it only makes sense to be good stewards in return.
This year we are building on our partnership with WasteStrategies—an Annapolis Maryland-based company that provides environmental solutions to help organizations track, manage and reduce environmental risk. Last year through the use of WasteStrategies’ custom eco-stations (Branded Trash and Recycling Bins showing what waste goes where.), we accomplished a 50% recycling rate – with the good news of diverting 50% of the events waste from the landfill! That means that 1/2 of last year’s solid waste was kept out of the landfill.
We know this will be a banner year, particularly since we have additional help through a new “Festival Greening” program offered by Annapolis Green and powered by sponsorship from Severn Savings Bank. With the additional support provided by Severn Savings Bank this year we will be able to provide dedicated management of the events waste collection activities, we will be expanding the number of available recycling eco-stations by 20% and adding composting to select sites!
Thank you, Severn Savings and Annapolis Green!
As an Attendee, Vendor or Volunteer … Thank you for doing your part in both Recycling and Composting. And remember, don’t throw that left-over food in the trash!
And, here’s another very important reminder:… Oyster shells – must also to be recycled! The Oyster Recovery Partnership is collecting them as they will be home a future crop of baby oysters!
This year’s Festival efforts include:
• Eco Stations – Recycling,Trash, and Composting Bins at food-oriented sites with signage and instruction!
• Dedicated Oversight of both patron [and vendor] activities as well as vendors
• Vendor Composting
• Grease Recycling
• Oyster shell “Recycling”
• Support of local Charities
• Support and Promotion of “True Blue” – Maryland’s support of the native Blue Crab!
• No more paper tickets for food purchases
• Eco Village showcasing local efforts to include WasteStrategies, Pier Pressure, Annapolis Green, Power Home Remodeling Group – Power Green and Long Energy Solutions.
Annapolis Green, the “parent” nonprofit of the popular networking group Green Drinks Annapolis, has teamed up with WasteStrategies for the Maryland Seafood Festival and many other events and festivals in the Annapolis area to assist with education and Greening.
Without a healthy Bay there is no Maryland Seafood! Thanks for doing your part for the Bay and joining in our efforts.