We Have A Dream And It Is Green!

The Memphis In May International Festival is committed to sustaining its ongoing greening efforts. Memphis In May strives to be a local leader in green events. Beyond simply recycling, Memphis In May continues to implement green business practices and policies.


Memphis In May and our green program partner, International Paper, will focus its greening efforts to include:

- Festival-wide recycling of cardboard, cooking oil, aluminum and plastic

- Require vendors to use recyclable or biodegradable food service items

- Implement greener policies for the Memphis In May office and warehouse

Memphis In May will continue to create programs and implement policies that are directed towards greener business practices.  The festival will participate in green and sustainable practices year-round with a specific focus on greening activities during the events in May.  As a part of these practices, Memphis In May will continue to look to its staff, volunteers, vendors, contestants and patrons to each year's greening and sustainable programs a success.
  - While solid waste has increased, from 3.66 to 4.50 pounds per person per day since 1980, the recycling rate has also increased – from less than 10% in 1980 to over 33%

- The paper industry hopes to recover 60 percent of the paper Americans consume by 2012

- The amount of paper recovered for recycling averages 340 pounds for each man, woman, and child in the United States

- 87 percent (268 million) of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs

- Office-type paper recovery rose last year to about 71% or 4.3 million tons

- Recycling just 1 ton of aluminum cans can save the energy equivalent of 1,665 gallons of gasoline

- More than 7 million tons of metals were recycled last year, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions totaling 25 million tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of removing 4.5 million cars from the road for one year

- Every ton of mixed paper recycled can save the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline

- Last year Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled 83 million tons of municipal solid waste (33.2% recycling rate), the energy equivalent of 10.2 billion gallons of gasoline

- Approximately 8,660 curbside recycling programs exist nationwide, down from 8,875 in 2002

- About 3,510 community composting programs are operational, an increase from 3,227 in 2002

- About 32 million tons of materials or 12.7% were combusted for energy recovery last year