Recycling Highlights MI Earth Day Fest's Green Efforts

04/24/2013 5:35 PM | John Batdorf (Administrator)

Recycling highlights festival's green efforts

When you head to the MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester this weekend, don't forget to bring your old computer monitor, microwave or well as clothing, shoes and medical supplies. Any time during the event this Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, simply drive up and drop your cast-offs in the Republic Recycle Region on the south edge of the festival grounds, Third St. east of Water St. 

Oakland County-based Recycling Sisters will be providing free on-site recycling services. In addition to computers, appliances and electronics--except no TVs--large quantities of metal also will be accepted. 


American Textile Recycling Services will also be there, ready to accept old clothing and shoes; and World Medical Relief will accept new and used medical supplies and equipment such as rolled bandages, wheelchairs, crutches, syringes, etc. Supplies are either disposed of properly or recycled and reused to provide medical relief to more than 100 developing nations.

Republic Services, a sponsor of the MI Earth Day Fest, will place single-stream recycling bins throughout the festival site as well, accepting unsorted recyclables for state-of-the-art sorting at a regional processing facility.


MI Earth Day Fest is a Green Event

Recycling is just part of an event-wide effort to provide attendees with an eco-friendly experience.  Supporting the exhibits and activities are initiatives in energy, materials and design. Electricity will be produced on site using biodiesel generator and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems; compostable and recyclable food service disposables will be used; and a web-based event guide, including map and exhibitor/program listings, is enabled for smartphones. Organizers will be accepting donations from visitors who want to offset their own travel to the event by contributing to the purchase of carbon offset credits.


Behind the scenes, the festival limits paper consumption by using online registration forms, keeping printed marketing materials to a minimum, and using recycled paper when printing is required. Also, the festival gives preference to local suppliers to reduce “embedded energy” and to promote local economy.


About MI Earth Day Fest

One of the planet's largest Earth Day events, the MI Earth Day fest features exhibits, products, presentations, entertainment, food and family fun in an effort to highlight environmental issues and solutions. Admission is free.


Festival hours are Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10-8 p.m. and Sunday, 10-4 p.m. For recycling details as well as presentation, entertainment and activity schedules, visit


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