News : Festival Getting Greener

Sep 28, 2009

From Seacoast Online

HAMPTON — This year Hampton Beach and, particularly, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival set for Sept.11-13, will be the "greenest" it has ever been, officials said. The Hampton Beach Precinct Commission, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, the state Division of Parks and Recreation and Waste Management have teamed up to increase recycling efforts at the popular tourist destination.

That recycling currently involves having 20 large, green Waste Management bins out at various beach locations for the collection of plastic bottles. Parks employees empty each of those bins six times each day when the weather is nice, said Division of Parks Seacoast Supervisor Brian Warburton.  "It's working on the main beach," said Warburton, who has been under fire from beach businesses, residents and visitors for the amount of waste left on the sand at the end of each day.  The recycling effort will become even more intense during this year's Seafood Festival, said Jude David, the festival's chairperson.  "The festival took a baby step last year and has decided to take a bigger step this year by expanding its recycling efforts in different areas," David said.

According to Beach Precinct Commissioner John Nyhan, Waste Management, a long-time festival partner, will be providing single-stream recycling, which does not require the separation of the items being recycled, for this year's two-and-a-half-day event. "We decided to include not only plastic bottles, but also cardboard, glass, plastic cups and aluminum cans," Nyhan said.

The group also plans to undertake other "green" efforts at this year's festival. They include the use of environmentally certified "green" portable toilets, supplied by Dave's Septic Services of Manchester, and efforts by two other recycling partners — Samyn-D'Elia Architects, which is designing the Hampton Beach Redevelopment Project, and the Green Alliance of Kittery, Maine. To read the rest of the article click here!