Each year, thousands of people attend Georgetown’s signature event, the Red Poppy Festival. And each year, attendees generate more than 10,000 pounds of waste. Last year, nearly 70 percent of the waste was diverted away from the landfill, either by composting or recycling.
In an ongoing effort to reduce the festival’s impact on the landfill, organizers are working to make the Red Poppy Festival a zero waste event. The City, in partnership with Texas Disposal Systems, is working to divert 90 percent of the waste away from the landfill.
To meet this goal, volunteers are needed at eco-stations located throughout the festival to help attendees place recycling, composting, and landfill materials in the appropriate containers. Volunteers are also needed to assist in picking up litter and educating people about the positive effects of diverting waste for reuse and recycling. No experience is needed and volunteers will receive a free Red Poppy Festival T-shirt.
Festival food vendors are already using compostable plates, dishes, straws, napkins, and cutlery. Composting and recycling stations will be available throughout the festival area. Attendees are encouraged to use the recycling and composting stations at the festival.
For more information and to sign-up to volunteer visit redpoppyfestival.com/volunteer.
About the festival
This signature festival on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas runs April 26-28 with live music, entertainment, family fun, food, and more than 120 arts and craft vendors.
The Friday night concert features Dysfunkshun Junkshun. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m.
This year the City of Georgetown celebrates the 20th anniversary of Red Poppy Festival with special Saturday night headliner Texas Country music singer-songwriter Pat Green.