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GreenFest 2019 "Science and Our Environment"

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019 from 10am to 4pm

New Location: Science, Engineering, and Technology Building at Howard Community College

Vendors Wanted! GreenFest welcomes local green businesses and non-profits to provide information tables at GreenFest. Here is the application, due February 15, 2019: Click Here for Application

Planned Activities for 2019

  • Tables with local green businesses and environmental non-profits
  • Native plant sale
  • Children's activities
  • Free compost bin giveaway
  • Workshops and speakers
  • Live birds and reptiles on display with local experts
  • Local food vendors
  • Free paper shredding

Rain Barrel Workshop and Give-Away at 11am

Rain barrels catch water from your roof through a downspout. Free barrels, including the parts, will be given away following an informational workshop. Seating in limited, so please visit the GreenFest Welcome Desks between 10am and 11am for more information and tickets. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Howard County residents only please. Even if you are not sure you are ready for a rain barrel, you can attend the workshop to learn about them.

Paper Shredding - 10am to 2pm*

Visit parking lot B (next to the SET Building) for a paper shredding event from 10am to 2pm (*or until trucks are full). Up to 3 bags or boxes of documents can be brought to this free shredding event. Learn more about what is accepted. Please use your regular recycling collection for paper documents that do not have personal information on them.

HCC SET/ Transitions Repair Cafe - 10am to 3pm

Check out the Repair Café in the engineering lab. Bring small items from home that are in need of repair (e.g. toasters, lamps, clothes, toys or electronics. Specialists and student volunteers will evaluate the items and fix as many of them as they can for FREE. Folks will also be available to provide resources and answer questions about repairs on items that are too large or not possible to bring in, such as plumbing or large furniture. Please email to let us know what you plan to bring so the team can be prepared with ideas and tools.

Awards Ceremony - 12:30pm

The Howard County Recycling Division will honor local businesses and community organizations by presenting it's annual "Business Recycling and Waste Reduction" and "Green Community Leadership" awards.

Wildlife Room - 10am to 4pm

Join us in the Wildlife Room for a walk on the wild side and visit with Scales and Tales. The Maryland Turtle and Tortoise Rescue will have turtles and snakes on exhibit too! Do you know about Snakehead? You can learn about this invasive fish found in Maryland.

Recycling & Donation Opportunities

Special collections for eyeglasses, binoculars and t-shirts will be available for residents to recycle. Less Plastic Please has an ongoing t-shirt drive to sew t-shirts into reusable bags to distribute for free. Their goal is to encourage less plastic use and raise awareness of the plastic pollution crisis. Please bring t-shirts to their table at GreenFest.

Free Prize Raffle

Three lucky winners will be fully equipped to explore and appreciate our environment. Pick up your ticket at the Welcome Table and enter to win the GRAND PRIZE drawing at the Recycling Division’s booth.

For more information, please contact Alan Wilcom at or 410-313-6433.

2018 GreenFest

Thank you to all who attended GreenFest 2018, and special thanks to all of our vendors, workshop hosts, volunteers, sponsors and Howard Community College. The event was a huge success with a turnout of over 1,500 people! Check out our brochure from the 2018 event!

Highlights from the event:

  • 80 vendors provided products, knowledge and service information
  • 18 sponsors helped make the event possible
  • 18,000 lbs of paper shredding was collected from 400 residents
  • 52 pairs of eyeglasses were donated to the Lions Club
  • 5 pairs of binoculars were donated 
  • 1 cell phone was collected for recycling
  • 51 compost bins were given out
  • 40 rain barrels were given out

Fun at Previous Howard County GreenFest Events

 Greenfest 2017 

GreenFest 2016

GreenFest 2015

GreenFest 2014

GreenFest 2013

GreenFest 2012

GreenFest 2011

GreenFest 2010

GreenFest 2009