The Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Music and Arts festival, which has brought an estimated 26,000 fans to the greater Honesdale area during the past six years, is now award winning.
While sustainability has always been a goal of the festival board and committee, the 2010 festival started Roots and Rhythm on its quest to not only become financially independent but also as eco-friendly as possible. The festival added a new recycling sub-committee to help coordinate efforts and in the end the recycling initiative was kicked off.
As a result of the festival’s “green” initiative in 2010, which successfully diverted a significant amount of festival waste for recycling purposes, the festival was recognized by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) as one of over 120 municipalities, counties, private businesses, individuals, and community organizations from throughout Pennsylvania for going above and beyond what is mandated under Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.
Building on the success of the 2010 festival, the 2011 festival remained committed to its “green” heritage and once again helped divert a considerable amount of recyclable materials from ending up in the landfill. An official Recycling Committee was established as part of the festival going forward; over 30 volunteers from various community organizations registered for early morning set-up, collection and sorting shifts throughout the day; professional “Think, Before You Throw” signage was donated and the festival’s Food Committee Chair worked with food vendors to help decrease the use of non-recyclable materials.
The 2013 festival plans to be “greener” than ever. This year the festival is hoping to add an information booth on recycling, and will invite any and all attending the festival this year to help the festival get the word out about recycling by visiting the booth. The festival board and committee also encourage the public to please remember to drop all waste into the appropriate bins throughout the park the day of the festival. If anyone is interested in helping make a difference for the 2013 festival by volunteering for the many committees and/or jobs that are needed to put on this tremendous festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “R&R Volunteer” in the subject of your email. For recycling questions, please email email@example.com.