Recycling, clean-up events planned for Earth Day
A number special events are planned throughout the area in observance of Earth Day 2011. They include:
Great American Clothes Cleanup
Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc., (KT/LCB), the Salvation Army, WTVG 13 ABC and the Erie Street Market are once again sponsoring the Great American Cleanup Clothes Collection throughout the month of April.
Through April 30, old, unwanted clothing, shoes, fabric, used textiles, etc., may be brought to the Salvation Army drop-off site at the Erie Street Market, 237 Erie St., Toledo. Collection times are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The collection offers a perfect way to encourage the “reuse and recycle” ethic in the community, organizers say. Usable clothes are donated to charities and the fibers from the rest are recycled into roofing material, bond paper, industrial wiping cloths and remanufactured textiles.
For more information, call KT/LCB at 419-213-2255.
Party for the Planet!
Once again, the Toledo Zoo will hold a Party for the Planet in observance of Earth Day. This year’s celebration will be held April 16, and in addition to activities, feeding demonstrations and great green tips, area families can drop off some of those harder-to-recycle items.
Throughout the day, visitors will see feeding and enrichment demonstrations, from the polar bears in the Arctic Encounter® to the vultures to the snakes in the Reptile House—they’re not only fun to watch, but they also help remind us that our planet’s animals are relying on us to take care of the land, water and air that they call home.
A complete schedule of animal feedings and demonstrations can be found at the Zoo’s website, www.toledozoo.org /planet.
A wide variety of items may also be dropped off for recycling, thanks to the efforts of Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Lott Industries, Allied Waste, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, and Goodwill Industries. Recyclables can be dropped off without entering the Zoo, so admission charges would not apply.
Items that will be accepted include aluminum cans, computer peripherals, desktop and laptop computers, microwave ovens, MP3 players, printers, small household appliances, televisions and other working electronics, shoes and clothes, vacuum cleaners, books, batteries (please tape ends), car batteries, paper/secure documents for shredding, phone books, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bags, plastic bottles, print cartridges, cell phones, mercury-containing items, old pharmaceuticals, old/used Christmas lights, VHS, DVDs and CDs and DVD and VHS players. No large appliances or air conditioning units will be accepted.
For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org.
Compost bin sale
Local residents interested in composting may “go green” by preordering a FreeGarden Earth compost bin by April 29.
The bin features a conical shape to help ensure nothing gets stuck in corners and also provides ease of lifting for convenient access to the compost pile.
The large-capacity 10.4 cubic feet, 77.8 gallon bin features a twist-locking lid and vertical and horizontal ventilation. Made of 100 percent recyclable materials, the bin is designed to fit in any vehicle.
For a limited time bins, will be available for $55. Orders must be pre-paid.
Bins will be delivered May 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To order call Ottawa SWCD at 419-898-1595.
Take your composting to the next at a composting clinic set for May 25 at the Sandusky County Juvenile Court Youth Works, 2010 Castalia St., Fremont. The clinic is open to residents of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. To register for the clinic, call 419-334-4495. There is a $5 fee. The clinic is sponsored by the Court of Common Pleas, Sandusky County Park District, Ottawa Soil and Water
Conservation District, Seneca County and the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca County Joint Solid Waste Management District.
Rain barrel workshop
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and Schedel Arboretum & Gardens will present a rain barrel workshop April 28 at 6 p.m. at Schedel, located at 19255 West Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
Local residents are invited to grab a “buddy” and make a 55-gallon rain barrel. No power tools are needed, however two people are required for assembly. For those who cannot bring a friend, assistance may be available.
The cost is $65 per rain barrel assembled. The fee also includes admission into the gardens. Seats are limited to 20 rain barrels.
The event will also include a presentation by Bench’s Greenhouse, Elmore.
Seats are limited to 20 rain barrels. To register, contact the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595 by Friday, April 22.
Terra plans recycling event
Terra Community College is offering a recycling event for area residents in honor of Earth Day 2011.
On Tuesday, April 19 from 2 to 6 p.m., the college, in partnership with AccuShred, Fremont Federal Credit Union and the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District, will host Community Recycling Day. Electronics, confidential papers and batteries will be accepted for recycling.
“Last year was our first event and the response far surpassed our expectations,” said Brannon Powers, a member of the college’s Green Team. “We think this year will be even bigger.”
Electronic items that will be accepted include computer CPUs, monitors ($10 charge), speakers, keyboards and mice; electric typewriters, word processors, televisions ($20-25 charge); fans, stereos/boom boxes; copiers; printers; game consoles; telephones; small kitchen appliances; ham radio equipment and just about anything with a power cord except large kitchen appliances, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and any device containing Freon.
In addition to the electronics, Terra will also be accepting confidential papers that AccuShred will shred on site. This is aimed at helping area residents protect themselves from identity theft.
The event will also include the recycling of batteries, including Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Li-Lon, Ni-Zn, alkaline and sealed/gel cell lead. No wet cell or automotive/marine batteries will be accepted. The OSS Solid Waste District will handle that portion of the effort.
Terra is located at 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. Upon arrival, follow the recycling day signs. Maps to the campus are available online at www.terra.edu.
Earth Day Clean-up Event
An Earth Day clean-up sponsored by Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Inc. and Maumee Bay State Park will be held April 23 at 9 a.m. at the park.
Volunteers will be provided with an orange safety vest, snacks and beverages. Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, long pants and gloves if desired.
Call 419-836-9117 for location details and to register.
“People of all ages can volunteer for a cleanup for an hour or a day to help clean the neighborhood they live near or care about,” said Dana Bollin, naturalist at Maumee Bay State Park, Lake Erie Waterkeeper member and clean-up coordinator. “At a time when more and more Americans are looking for opportunities to volunteer and serve their communities, this is a great way to make an impact.”