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compost bins at Truxtun Park 2021

At Annapolis Green we’ve discussed composting in terms of Nature’s circle of life: animals and plants begin life, they mature and flourish, they die, and the remains are returned to the Earth, starting the cycle anew.

This is how things worked for eons before human hubris decided that we know better. Human population growth sparked urbanization and the waste-back-to-the-Earth social norm was warped with the creation of non-biodegradable materials and landfills. We need things to rot, not live in the suspended animation of a landfill, so they can be returned to the Earth. That’s where you come in.  

hands holding compostComposting is one way very easy way you can incorporate the Circle of Life into your own life. It’s something you can do, right at home, to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Landfills produce a huge amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming so reducing the amount of food that goes into the landfill reduces the methane produced.

If you don’t want to compost in your backyard or can’t because you’re in a condo or apartment, we have the perfect solution right here in Annapolis. Through the end of March there are bins set up at Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) into which Annapolis residents can simply dump their compostables – kitchen veggie and fruit scraps, meat, bones, grains and bread, soiled pizza boxes, and compostable cups, plates and flatware, etc. Put the material in as is – not in a plastic bag (just like you do with your recyclables). This is available 24/7 through March 30. It’s a free pilot program we are operating for the City. Read more.

To be clear, nothing breaks down and returns to the Earth in landfills – at least not for hundreds of years. Most landfills are lined with materials that keep anything that may leach from the mountains of mixed trash out of the water table below (a good thing) and the landfills are capped. That makes landfills an anaerobic place – that is, devoid of the oxygen that causes materials to decompose. Some scientists have said that in a few hundred years we’ll still be able to reach newspaper pages from today’s landfills.

We are now in the final month of a pilot program we established with the City of Annapolis whereby Annapolis residents can bring their kitchen cuttings to specially designated bins at Truxtun Park. The material is collected weekly by our partner, Veteran Compost. The company puts the material in to huge piles that get very hot as the decomposition process gets underway. Veteran turns the piles periodically with heavy machinery, makes sure it gets plenty of oxygen with a propriety process, and puts it through a fine sieve. The result – in about two months – is fluffy, sweet-smelling compost… a soil amendment that is perfect for every garden, whether residential or commercial. It is Nature’s fertilizer.

The purpose of the pilot program (funded by a Clean Up & Green Up Maryland grant we obtained from Keep Maryland Beautiful, the Forever Maryland Foundation, Maryland Environmental Trust and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development), is to find out if Annapolis residents have an appetite for curbside collection of compostables. (The city set up a companion program of curbside collection in the Hunt Meadow neighborhood that will also end this month. It is being operated by Annapolis Compost.)

Since October the Truxtun collection has yielded about 750 pounds each week. Many people drop by at their leisure to put kitchen scraps in the bins thus keeping their trash cans under the sink less messy and without food odors. For you home composters: at Truxtun you can deposit meat, bones, and crab shells – materials that won’t decompose at home. If you haven’t disposed of your food waste in this way yet – give it a try!

The results of the collection and your wishes will determine whether the City goes ahead with a curbside collection program in the future. If you think this is a good idea, you have to let your alderman or alderwoman and the Mayor know or the program will not continue.

Please weigh in on this. Composting is something we can ALL do under this program – even apartment dwellers – for the good of the planet.

compost secret sauce logoWant some of that compost for your spring garden? As a fundraiser, Annapolis Green is selling 15-pound bags of compost (for $10 plus tax), which we call Secret Sauce because of the incredible results you’ll get from your garden with this special amendment. It’s so much better for your garden and for the environment than synthetic, commercial fertilizers.

There are three ways you can buy the Secret Sauce compost:

oysters on the half shellA final note:  We also encourage returning oyster shells to their rightful place – the Bay. But, we encourage doing this in a way that is safe for our favorite bivalve, the Bay’s health, and ours. That means putting the shells in any of the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s collection bins. ORP will take the shells to its facility on the Eastern Shore where they will be dried in the sun for a year to kill any pathogens that might be present. Then, the shells will be put in a huge vat with oyster spat (baby oysters that look like larvae) that are looking for a substrate to which they can attach to meet the requirements of the rest of their lives. Because the oysters population is so low now, oyster shells are like gold. They are desperately needed if we are to revive this depleted population. That means that the landfill is NOT the right place for them and neither is the compost bin.

–Elvia Thompson

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Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day

Old bug spray, oil-based paint, solvents, fertilizer, chemicals, gasoline, mercury thermometers… get rid of all that nasty stuff in your garage or shed the right way. Anne Arundel County will take all these materials and more at its next Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day.

This program is for Anne Arundel County and Annapolis residents only.The City of Annapolis has entered into a partnership with Anne Arundel County to accept Household Hazardous Waste generated by City residents at the County’s collection events. It’s easy. You don’t even have to leave your car.

Commercially registered vehicles, including rentals, and commercial waste are not accepted.

More info is available from the County here and from the City here. Check out the sites to see what materials are accepted.

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Earth Day Cleanup flyer

Project Clean StreamIn the spirit of Earth Day, register to join in on a cleanup of a property that will we hope will soon be Annapolis’ newest park at 2010 West Street!

The property is littered and needs the TLC enthusiastic residents can provide. Volunteers from several organizations are joining together to bring this bit of green into pristine condition including the Annapolis Design District, Annapolis Green, City of Annapolis, Friends of Annapolis Moms, Naptown Scoop, and residents from surrounding communities.

Saturday, April 24, 9am – 1pm (rain date, Sunday, April 25, 10am – 2pm)

Dress for the weather and for uneven terrain. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Click here to register 

Information: Diana Love, dianalove103@gmail.com

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Spring GreenScape in Annapolis

GreenScape is a city and community partnership investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis. GreenScape was founded through the efforts of former Mayor Ellen Moyer and the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. Since 1991, hundreds of projects have been initiated and adopted by individuals, community groups and neighborhood associations. GreenScape takes place each spring with additional endeavors in the fall during the national Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging groups and individuals to volunteer in their community to improve the lives of others.

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GreenScape, to be held April 24, is a city and community partnership investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis. GreenScape was founded through the efforts of former Mayor Ellen Moyer and the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. Since 1991, hundreds of projects have been initiated and adopted by individuals, community groups and neighborhood associations. GreenScape takes place each spring with additional endeavors in the fall during the national Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging groups and individuals to volunteer in their community to improve the lives of others.

Planning meetings will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3 and Wednesday, March 3. Plan to attend both!

Details | Press Release

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GreenScape, to be held April 24, is a city and community partnership investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis. GreenScape was founded through the efforts of former Mayor Ellen Moyer and the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. Since 1991, hundreds of projects have been initiated and adopted by individuals, community groups and neighborhood associations. GreenScape takes place each spring with additional endeavors in the fall during the national Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging groups and individuals to volunteer in their community to improve the lives of others.

Planning meetings will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3 and Wednesday, March 3. Plan to attend both!

Details | Press Release

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The Great Pumpkin Dropoff – Nov. 5-8

Give those Jack-O-Lanterns a Dignified Demise
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Annapolis Green is partnering with the City of Annapolis to collect and compost fall pumpkins that have outlived their decorative usefulness. Instead of putting unwanted pumpkins in the trash and condemning them to the landfill, bring them to the Great Pumpkin Dropoff at Truxtun Park!

pumpkin spice compostNext spring those nutritious pumpkins will have been turned into fantastic compost for your spring garden… Pumpkin Spice Compost!

here we grow logoThe Great Pumpkin Dropoff is part of nonprofit Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program to encourage home gardeners to grow food with flowers with the natural soil amendment of compost rather than synthetic fertilizers and without pesticides.

The pumpkins will be turned into compost by Veteran Compost, Maryland’s only licensed compost farm and a Founding One Hundred supporter of Annapolis Green. Residents will be able to pre-order the compost as a holiday gift from Annapolis Green along with related gardening products.

The huge pumpkin currently on Church Circle will be composted too, along with its little brothers and sisters from our porches.

How it Works

Bring your pumpkins (or pumpkin bits if you’re making pie) to the bins conveniently set up on Truxtun Park Road in Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) anytime on November 5-8.
Watch for directional signs. Just pour them into the bins and you’re done knowing that you’ve done a good thing for the Earth and lightened the landfill load!

Post photos of your pumpkins on social media. Hashtags:
#AnnapolisGreenGreatPumpkinDropoff
#AnnapolisPumpkinsBacktoNature

Be sure to remove any wax or paint from Jack-O-Lanterns as those materials will not break down with the natural pumpkin.

The Great Pumpkin Drop Flyer

compost me jack-o-lanternAnne Arundel County is also composting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Check out its Recycling and Waste Reduction Division Facebook page for details and other good recycling info.

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There's an Electric Car in Your Future

Kick Gas! In Annapolis.Annapolis Green is excited to bring you National Drive Electric Week, September 26-October 4, a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of and options for driving electric! EVs are fun to drive and one of the best things you can do to mitigate Climate Change. Besides, they’re becoming pretty normal now, not to mention, stylish, convenient, and less expensive than you think! We think that’s pretty Kick Gas! 

In the West Street Recovery Zone, 4 to 6 EVs will be parked on the Street while it’s closed to car traffic but open for outdoor dining. The EV owners will answer questions about their cars. (Everybody will be required to wear a mask.) Learn about the benefits of driving electric — for your wallet and the planet and be prepared to be surprised! Hey, it’s electric!

And how about this… enjoy an EV-themed drink while supporting our local restaurants!

  • The Supercharger from 49 West: Rise Up espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur!
  • The Cosmocello from Luna Blu: Limoncello,  lemon vodka and a splash of cranberry
  • The Electric Grandmother from Tsunami: Just Guess what’s in it!
  • The Solar Cell from Stan & Joe’s: Fresh squeezed orange juice with orange vodka and a splash of soda water — a great way to recharge your batteries!

This Kick Gas! event is brought you by Annapolis Green in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), the merchants of inner West Street, the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.


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There's an Electric Car in Your Future

Kick Gas! In Annapolis.Join Annapolis Green for Kick Gas! as we bring you National Drive Electric Week, September 26-October 4. We’re part of a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of driving electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. EVs are fun to drive and one of the best things you can do to mitigate Climate Change! And… they are perfectly normal, cheaper than you think, stylish and easy. We think that’s pretty Kick Gas! 

Register here

On October 1 we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about.

Coming to you from the brand new Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library on West Street we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about. Take a virtual test drive!

Not your typical Zoom meeting – ours will be fun AND informative:

  • A really cool music video for AM-FM featuring Timme Metz and Tambo
  • EV 101 – how driving electric is good for the environment and your wallet
  • How driving electric is good for the climate and your health
  • Anne Arundel County Library CEO Skip Auld, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles will open the event.
    • Learn more about the BGE-County-City partnership that led to the installation of charging stations in public areas such as the library and see a ribbon cutting to officially inaugurate the them.
    • Hear County Executive Pittman discuss his recent initiative to convert the county fleet all-electric in the next 15 years. Read more about the initiative.
  • Short interviews with EV drivers
  • Virtual test drives featuring
    • Chevrolet Bolt
    • Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle (Yes! It’s electric!)
    • Porsche Taycan
  • BGE presentation about how home charging affects your electric bill and what residential rebates are available for home charging equipment
  • Drive with the Sun
    • Learn how you can charge your car from the sun with community solar (no panels) or from panels on your rooftop
  • A hilarious virtual tour of EV charging stations in our area featuring our summer interns

This Kick Gas! event is brought you by Annapolis Green in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and Office of the County Executive.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.

Local Sponsors

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BGE EVSmart   solar energy services

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Event Partners

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National Sponsors

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Green Drinks Annapolis – Online!

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We’re cooking up a great way for us to get together  — it’s a virtual Green Drinks on Facebook Watch, Thursday, April 2!

Going online, we’re focusing on “The Flowers and the Trees” to follow our February Green Drinks theme which was “The Birds and the Bees.” And  although the flowers are beautiful and in bloom, we’ll turn our attention to the trees,  highlighting all the benefits trees give us.

So, join us in the spirit of trying something new in our emerging virtual world and to have some fun while learning great things!

Learn more!

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city of AnnapolisThroughout the month of April, the City of Annapolis has been celebrating Earth Month with daily pledges that residents can take to help improve the planet. These virtual pledges and ideas for simple, stay-at-home earth-friendly practices are things that Annapolitans can incorporate into daily life.
These daily pledges include a pledge on April 22, 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The pledges have been broken into four categories:

  • Water (example: clean up after your pet, conserve water in the garden)

  • Air (example: walk, bike or use transit, switch to LED bulbs)

  • Habitat (example: grow oysters, use natural cleaning products, create a pollinator garden)

  • Earth (example: opt for paperless billing, plant a tree, create a meal plan to reduce food waste)

Learn more and see activities for the whole month.

See the banners on Main Street and City Dock and use the hashtag #Annapolis2020EarthDay on your social media posts.

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