Earth Day Festival – Waste Warrior Volunteers

Sign up to help make the Earth Day Festival a waste-wise event. Receive free Keep Durham Beautiful reusable cup and bag!

Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With over 3,000 people attending the Earth Day Festival, your volunteer efforts can help divert hundred of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill! YOU can help make Durham more sustainable.

Waste Reduction at the Earth Day Festival

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 

3 volunteer shifts available:

  • 11:30-1:30 pm – Set up & Waste Warrior
  • 1:30-3:30 pm – Waste Warrior
  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Cleanup & Waste Warrior


Why Volunteer?

  • Free Keep Durham Beautiful swag!
  • Knowing you made a difference in how much waste was diverted from the landfill
  • A big thank you!

Important Volunteer Information:

  • Teens welcome – earn community service credit
  • Youth welcome with adult supervision
  • Dress for the weather 
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift

Do I need to have prior experience?

Nope! You will be trained prior to your volunteer shift, please arrive 10 minutes before your shift to go over volunteer instructions and composting/recycling FAQs.

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs 
  • Set up volunteer tent 
  • Staff the waste stations that include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into correct containers – trash, recycling, or compost- as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost bins when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs 
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers 
  • Break down volunteer tent


To sign up, please fill out the form below

Celebrate Earth Month with Keep Durham Beautiful!

Earth Day is fast-approaching. Do you know how you’re celebrating? Consider joining Keep Durham Beautiful for one or more of our events this month!

April 22, 8am-2pm: Gather up your unwanted household goods for Durham’s first annual ReUse Rodeo! On Saturday, April 22nd, we will be accepting gently used books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, household appliances, cookware, tools, craft supplies, and more, to be donated to area non-profits and distributed back into the community. A complete list can be found on the event page. Paper shredding and e-recycling will also be available. Clear up your household clutter, help the earth, and give your gently used items a new life! The event will be held in the parking lot of The Shoppes at Lakewood at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. Want to help out at the inaugural Reuse Rodeo? Sign up to volunteer!

April 23, 12pm-5pm: Join us for Durham’s Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23rd! Participants will enjoy green activities and demos, learn about sustainable practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Day Market, enjoy great music and food, and much more! The festival will take place at Durham Central Park at 501 Foster Street. To learn more, visit the event page. Interested in helping out? We are looking for waste warriors to help with recycling and composting at the event. Sign up to volunteer today!

April 27, 8am-2pm: The Community Appearance and Litter Index is a quantitative assessment used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Volunteers from the community receive training and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels and help identify future clean-up sites. Sign up with your friends and help us make Durham a cleaner community! Breakfast and lunch are available for all volunteers. More information is available on the event page.

April 29, 9am-1pm: We are bringing I Love Durham Limpio back! We are teaming up with Durham community partners to do an extensive litter cleanup with ALL members of the community. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is for Durham community members to join forces by giving back to their community while learning about the environment and the resources Durham offers. We’d love for you to join us on April 29th from 9am-1pm! Don’t forget to bring your old shower heads to be traded in for NEW water efficient ones. Please visit the I Love Durham Limpio event page to view more information.

Durham Earth Day Festival

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! 
The 2016 Earth Day Festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful

Earth Day Festival Rain Location
Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

For the full list of  events and activities, visit: 2016 Durham Earth Day Festival