Working in the Recycling Zone

Harvey Hoch (top photo, left) and Jack Nerlinger rest after loading up sets of encyclopedias in the Recycling Collection Zone during a past Green Fest, while Rick Schulman (bottom) packs up some of the collected electronic recyclables. The Community Center parking lot serves as the Recycling Zone for the day-long event. Volunteers are needed all day to receive and pack recyclables. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


More than two dozen recycling collection stations will be set up in and around the Community Center parking lot at Shafer Park on festival day, Saturday, May 9. Festival-goers will be able to drive through and drop off items. Volunteers will assist donors with unloading.


Swaps, shredding & drug turn-in

  • Gently Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale
  • Paper Shredding - four-box limit (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. only)
  • Prescription & OTC drug turn-in (10 a.m. -2 p.m. only)


Recyclables by Category

1. Containers, packing material, flower pots

  • Clean eggs cartons
  • Clean white block Styrofoam
  • Packing peanuts/air pillows/small, clean boxes            
  • Plastic flower pots & trays

2. Medical equipment, eyeglasses

  • Metal wheelchairs, walkers, crutches & canes
  • Eyeglasses & cases

3. Rechargeable batteries ONLY

  • Household  batteries
  • Power tool batteries
  • Car batteries

4. Books, magazines, newspapers

5. Aluminum, scrap metal, appliances

  • Aluminum
  • Scrap metal
  • Appliances - (including refrigerators and AC units)

6. Jars, medicine bottles

  • Canning jars & lids
  • Empty prescription drug bottles (no labels)

 7. Bikes, band instruments, big plastic items

  • Bikes, bike helmets, bike tires
  • Large plastic playground equipment (i.e. Little Tykes)
  • Sewing machines
  • Band instruments
  • Wine corks - natural & synthetic
  • Plastic gift & credit cards, etc. (may be cut or shredded)

 8. Clothing, hangers, sneakers

  • Wire clothes hangers - clean, no rust
  • Old sneakers - all brands, any condition
  • Shoes (must be paired, no holes)
  • Denim jeans, jackets, shirts, shorts

9. TVs, computers, electronics, phones, cartridges

  • Television sets (residential, 1 per person - no consoles)
  • Computers, Laptops, iPads, E-Book readers
  • Ink & toner cartridges
  • Cell phones, GPS, Radar detectors, Mobile Hotspots
  • iPads, Tablets,  E-Book readers
  • TI graphing calculators
  • Game consoles, Video games, Handheld game systems
  • iPods & MP3 players
  • CDs & DVDs - no cases
  • Cameras and lenses

10. Household recyclables

  • Paper, cardboard, catalogs, phone books
  • Bagged stretchy plastic bags/film
  • Food-grade glass bottles & jars
  • Metal cans and #1-7 plastic containers
  • CFL bulbs (in plastic bag please)
  • Plastic buckets & storage tubs
  • Toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes

11. Construction materials, appliances, furniture

  • Working appliances
  • Furniture
  • Building materials
  • Electrical & Plumbing supplies
  • Household hardware
  • Full/nearly full cans of usable paint (No RUST)

12. Pet Supplies

  • Beds, crates, food (unopened)

  • Clean old rugs and towels

  • Unused collars & toys

Items to be collected

& where they're going

More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save up recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 7th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Bikes, bike helmets, bike tires/tubes, clothing, sewing machines (Bikes for the World)
Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)
Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)
Cardboard & aluminum (ARC of Washington County)
Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)
CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)
CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)
Clean block Styrofoam (Washington Co. Recycling)

Clean egg cartons (Valley Co-Op of Washington County)
Clothing  & sports equipment swap & sale in Pavilion #1 (Community event)
Computers, monitors, other computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)
Crayons: wrappers on, made in the USA only (Crazy Crayons)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Full/nearly full paint cans with no rust, hardware (ReStore of Hagerstown)
Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Earthworks)
Hard plastic furniture & children's playground sets (Apple Valley Waste)
Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)
Musical instruments (Boonsboro High School Band Boosters)
Packing peanuts, air pillows, small clean boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore)
Paper shredding: 10 am-2 pm only, limit 4 boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)
Pet supplies: beds, crates, collars, toys, towels, rugs, food (Washington Co. Humane Society)
Plastic bags/film (stretchy plastic) & plastic cardboard (Washington Co. Recycling)
Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)
Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)
Prescription & over-the-counter medications: 10 am-2 pm (Boonsboro Police Department)
Prescription bottles, empty with labels removed (Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital)
Rechargeable batteries (Washington Co. Recycling)
Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)
Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates - no holes, pairs only (Purr Haven/World Wear Project)
Sneakers: all brands, any condition (Nike)
Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)
TVs (one per person) & electronics (Washington Co. Recycling/UNICOR)
Used denim: jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)
Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Horizon Goodwill)
Wine corks; synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling) (MOM's Organic Market)
Wire clothes hangers: clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)
Working appliances, furniture, bldg. materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)


Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

from Green Fests in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014