Each year, more than dozens of regattas, races, festivals and other events are held in the Annapolis area, drawing thousands to our beautiful community—and creating a tremendous amount of waste.
Annapolis Green’s Responsible Events and Festivals (Green REF) program helps event organizers reduce landfill waste by encouraging attendees to recycle and compost. Last year alone, we composted more than 18 tons of organic material, and recycled 1000 pounds. Several events, including the 2500-person annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast, were Zero-Waste events with not one single scrap of waste going to the landfill.
REF is a sponsorship-based, turnkey sustainability program, bringing together companies and area event organizers committed to environmental stewardship. It’s effective, customizable and fulfills the collection and recycling requirements of Maryland 2014 Senate Bill 781.
Annapolis Green is carrying out the Responsible Events & Festivals initiative under the Keep Annapolis Beautiful banner as an affiliate of the venerable Keep America Beautiful organization.