Arlington’s EcoFest is a time of learning, volunteering, and celebrating. What used to be a single day celebrated on Earth Day, April 22, has evolved into nearly a month of environmental education and celebration. This year, EcoFest will take place from April 20 to May 11.

The program includes more than 25 town-wide events, most of which are free and open to the public. Some schools have special events just for their school community.

View the full list of EcoFest events here.

Here’s a snapshot of this year’s zero waste-related events. 

EcoFest Community Events

5/4 We’re All Plastic People Now, film screening & panel discussion

6:30pm, Capitol Theater, Free, registration required. 

A documentary depicting the chilling reality of how pervasive plastic pollution is in our lives followed by a discussion on the human health hazards of plastic use and pollution. More info.

5/8 Shed Your Stuff the Green Way

7pm, $15, registration required

Arlington’s Recycling Coordinator Charlotte Milan leads this Arlington Community Education class to look hyper-locally at donation, reuse, and recycling options you may not have considered. 

5/10 AHS EcoFair

3pm, Free, AHS Mass. Ave. lawn

The annual High School event is open to the public and features live music from student bands, food and ice cream, crafts, lawn games, and activities run by student leaders of environmental initiatives. Artist Michelle Lougee will visit for a participatory public art project. More info.

Related Programs

4/27 Earth Month Buy Nothing Party & Free Stuff Swap

1-3pm, Calvary Church

Bring items you don’t need, but think others might appreciate…Clothes, jewelry, art, puzzles. free snacks and drinks. More info.

4/30 Author Talk and Panel: Recycling Lies and Plastic Problems: What I Learned from a Year of No Garbage

7pm, Free, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, registration required
Author Eve Schaub shares her family’s attempt to live for an entire year without creating any trash at all. More info.

Special Reuse, Recycling & More

5/4 Bike Bonanza bike collection

2:30-4:30pm
Donate your old/outgrown bikes to the Bike Connector that will find new homes for them. More info.

5/11 Fixit Clinic

2:30-4:30, Robbins Library, Free, registration requested
Bring your broken, non-functioning things — electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, fabric items, etc.– for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair.

Regular Reuse, Recycling & More

4/20 & 5/18 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Lexington Compost Facility, Hartwell Ave, registration required.

Drop off automotive products, household cleaners, oil-based paints, aerosols, batteries, pesticides, fertilizers, etc.

5/4 Reuse & Recycling Center

9am-12pm, 33 Ryder St., registration required
Bring electronics, textiles, scrap metal, books and more!

Note: Weekday appointments are also available

5/4 Swap Shed

12-2pm (also Thursdays 5-7pm), 33 Ryder St.
Free items offered include household goods, home decor, games, books and more. More info.

5/11 Document Shredding

9am-12pm, 33 Ryder St., Free to residents

Businesses pay $5 per box, 2 box limit. Cash donations accepted for Arlington EATS and Food Link. No need to sign up.

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