“Recycling Away from Home”, or RAH, is a Four Lakes Group Sierra Club project where we coordinate with the Marquette Neighborhood Association, Wil-Mar Center and other community groups and activists. The goal is to provide recycling and waste reduction tools, volunteers, support, and education for neighborhood festivals and events in and around Madison. We’re also trying to take the next step and move to composting and Zero Waste events, as well as get Madison to adopt more stringent recycling at events. (Wouldn’t that be great!) With your assistance, we can help communities take the next step.
2023 will bring a variety of festivals where we’ll likely be helping at a number of them, including Atwoodfest, Africa Fest, Laborfest, and the Willy St Fair.
How To Help RAH
Be a part of the “Recycling Krewe”
Since the city does not provide recycling services at neighborhood events, RAH helps with set up, managing recycling and trash, checking and replacing bags during the day, and tearing down after the event. While doing good, you can enjoy the music and other vendors, and make new friends or watch people as you enjoy the festival! Plus volunteers receive free refreshments and pizza for our service at some events where we handle everything. Consider being part of our waste reduction team to help at these festivals.
In addition to signing up for shifts, we’re also looking for
- Leaders who can help coordinate or be a contact for these events
- People who want to advocate at the municipal level for stronger recycling requirements at events
- Individuals who can help with creating signage
- Volunteers interested in doing outreach to event organizations and vendors to help reduce the potential for waste at events.
A bigger goal is to move towards greater community-wide waste reduction that could include composting. We’re planning to connect with interested businesses, community organizations, and governmental entities to look at various strategies and options to help us move towards further community waste reduction. Let us know if you’re interested in being involved in creating real change!
Please contact Don Ferber for questions, thoughts, or more info.
RAH Upcoming Events
RAH works with several summer festivals every summer in and around Madison. Signups will come later when we have more details, but this summer, the festivals we’ll probably be at include:
When: late July
Where: Atwood Ave (Division to Winnebago)
Atwoodfest is back in full force, and we’ll be there with a table, and to help keep trash and recycling sorted. (They have people to haul full bags, so less work for us!) This is always a fun street festival with many vendors and great music, so what’s not to enjoy!
When: late August
Where: McPike Park
This is a smaller but enjoyable event at McPike Park in Madison, with exhibits, food and music that reflect Black heritage, and is fun, easy and informative.
When: September 4
Where: Labor Temple, 1602 S Park St
This event is held every year in support of labor unions where you’ll get to see and talk with many local elected officials there.
Willy St Fair
When: September 16 - 17
Where: 800 - 1000 blocks of Williamson St
This is the big kahuna east side Madison festival with the famous Sunday parade. We’ll have a booth there with tabling both days - which we get for free in return for helping with clean-up each day. They do have people to haul full bags, but we’ll need plenty of volunteers to help keep the trash and recycling sorted. The Willy St Fair is a really big, fun event with lots to do and see, so please consider joining us.