Black Swamp Staying Sustainable
September is quickly approaching, and for Bowling Green, Ohio that means it’s time for the Black Swamp Arts Festival, an event where more than 150 artist booths and 3 music stages come to downtown BG, attracting more than 60,000 people to come together for art, music, and community atmosphere. This event also boasts a plethora of yummy concession vendors, which means there will be 60,000 people generating recycling and waste! As with any festival of this magnitude, planning measures and volunteer power is needed to maintain a clean, environmentally-friendly and sustainable event.
Bowling Green State University is partnering with the Black Swamp Arts Festival and the Wood County Solid Waste District for the fourth year in a row to provide recycling for this event. The public will be able to recycle using the provided Clear Stream containers located throughout downtown Bowling Green. These containers will make it possible to recycle items such as but not limited to plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, and cardboard!
There are currently 50 volunteer spots that need filled for the festival. Volunteer tasks consist of constructing and placing the waste boxes and Clear Stream recycling containers, collecting the waste and recycling throughout the event, and cleaning up downtown after the festival has ended. Shifts are offered throughout the day and last for around 3 hours. If you’re interested in keeping downtown clean and green this September, visit the Black Swamp Arts Festival website and sign up to volunteer!