From the Bay to the Earth
For the fourth consecutive year, Annapolis Rotary is working with the non-profit Annapolis Green to make the Crab Feast a ZERO-Waste event. That means that after our feasters have feasted and the cleanup is finished, NOTHING will go to the landfill! All our waste will be either recycled or composted.
What will be recycled?
Beer cups, beverage cans and bottles.
What will be composted?
Crab shells, corn cobs, watermelon rinds, hotdog leftovers, soup cups, crab trays, BBQ plates, soup spoons, crab knives, paper towels, brown paper on the tables and even the mallets. Note that cutlery and cups look like plastic but they are not! They are made from plants and are compostable.
All these products will be sent to be composted at the Veteran Compost farm, right here in Maryland. Within two months, all this waste will return to the Earth as it becomes beautiful, fresh compost, ready to improve area gardens. Unlike home composting, this large-scale operation can break down crab shells, and that adds calcium to the rich organic mix.
Whats's New This Year
The NapTownTap -- Annapolis green is introducing an innovative water dispensing system that will reduce (or eliminate) the need for single-use plastic water bottles. It will be debuted in preferred dinning. Or, come to the Annapolis Green table to see it in action, and fill your compostable cup with good, clean, filtered water!
Order Crab Compost - Visit the Annapolis Green table to order Crab Compost for your garden! It will be ready in about twoo months - just in time for fall planting.
Annapolis Green connected us with the Leonard Paper of Baltimore, That family-owned company has provided the compostable ware that is helping us do good for the environment and saving money too!.
How YOU Can Be Bay Responsible
First, respect the bounty of the Bay. Take only as many crabs as you can eat. Don’t waste them.
Then, when you’re done feasting, separate the plastic and metal from everything else and put that in the clearly marked recycling bin nearest you. Put what’s left in the accompanying compost bin. There! You’re done and you’ve done your bit for the environment!
Remember to take what you’ve learned with you and apply it to your own crab feasts this summer and make them Bay Responsible:
• Take only as much as you can eat.
• Use compostable (best) or recyclable (better) tableware and utensils.
• Don’t buy polystyrene tableware (Styrofoam).
• Start your own compost bin at home.
• Recycle more.
Visit Annapolis Green’s table at the Crab Feast to learn more or ask any Green Team REF volunteer. Look for the black t-shirts
Annapolis Rotary’s programs, including the Crab Feast, are all meant to give back to the community. Among our many grant recipients are these environmental organizations:
• Annapolis Green
• Annapolis Maritime Museum
• Chesapeake Bay Foundation
• Friends of Quiet Waters Parks
• West/Rhode Riverkeeper