Awareness activities during Earth Month

April 22 will be a great day to celebrate Earth and work to save the planet.

This idea is not new.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 by 20 million people who cycled, demonstrated, picked up litter and participated in training against the impacts of industrial development and the devastation it was wreaking. – and continues to do – on human health.

The movement quickly gained momentum and went global two decades later, focusing on global warming and clean energy in 2000, and today a global call to action to limit emissions and pollution. increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This year, Green Bexley, the joint awareness arm of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) and the Town of Bexley’s Department of Sustainability, is celebrating and promoting awareness with a variety of events throughout the month. We hope you will join us in caring for our home this month and beyond. Details and registration information are available at greenbexley.org/earthmonth.

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Earth Month EcoChallenge

Join people across the country to take care of our planet this April and beyond by joining the Bexley team and taking the Earth Month EcoChallenge. Take big and small actions to do good for the Earth and earn points. At the end of the month, the 100 participants with the most points will win a scoop card of Johnson’s Real Ice Cream.

Excursions

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash once it leaves your sidewalk? Join Green Bexley to tour the Rumpke Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Franklin County Sanitary Landfill to see the process first hand.

Trash talk and waste collection

Mayor Ben Kessler invites community members to join him for conversation and trash pick-up events. Additionally, Green Bexley hosts community-wide trash pick-up events in April. There are many opportunities to clean up our community and collaborate with surrounding neighborhoods.

Bexley Green Fair

The Green Bexley Fair is a fun and hands-on festival to celebrate the Earth and sustainable living. This year we will be celebrating April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schneider Park, a former landfill that is part of a long network of trails and home to the Bexley Community Gardens. It’s a great way to acknowledge how far you’ve come.

This event is funded by the Bexley Community Foundation and is free.

Walking week

Do good for your health and the planet by walking, biking, scootering or skating, instead of driving, whenever possible from April 22-30. Let us know where your route takes you.

cleaning day

If you have items to throw away that are still in good working order, consider repatriating them instead of putting them in the landfill.

Repatriating items and buying used items keeps materials out of the landfill and eliminates shipping emissions, excess packaging, new material extraction and waste. energy used to create new products.

Green Bexley Cleanup Day runs from 8am to 11am on April 30. This is an opportunity to properly dispose of certain items that you no longer need or want. We ask that you stay in your car and allow volunteers to remove items from your vehicle.

The following items will be accepted:

• Drugs accepted at the police station (unwanted human or animal drugs; no liquids, needles or sprays)

• Bicycles

• Paper egg cartons

• Batteries recycled via The Big Green Box (terminals must be taped)

• Broken electronics to be recycled via Accurate IT

• Offsite paper shredding via Shred It (paperclips and staples are acceptable, but binders and paperclips must be removed)

• Usable items that can be transferred through Goodwill. Items must be clean and in good condition. These elements include:

* Clothes, shoes and wearable accessories

* Clean and undamaged linens, bedding, towels, blankets and other decorative fabric household items

* Antiques and collectibles in good working order

* Crockery, silverware, pots and utensils suitable for use

* Toys and games in good working condition and with all parts

* Home Decor Items

* Sports, music and fitness equipment in good working order

* Tools and toolboxes in good condition

* Suitable for small and medium-sized furniture. Furniture that is wet, moldy, torn, torn, stained, broken or in need of any type of cleaning or repair will not be accepted, nor will major furniture donations.

Household hazardous waste (paints, chemicals, oils, etc.) will not be accepted. For more information on how to dispose of these items, go to greenbexley.org/recycle-right.

Volunteers can register at bit.ly/gbcud22.

Don’t forget that the Tree and Public Gardens Commission and the Bexley Community Foundation also celebrate Tree Month in April. Learn more about bexley.org/arborday. Additionally, Love Your Alley will be back this year in May. The information is at bexley.org/loveyouralley.

Elizabeth Ellman is the Town of Bexley’s Sustainability Programs Co-ordinator. To learn more about the city’s sustainability programs, visit bexley.org/sustainable and how you can act greenbexley.org and @greenbexley on Facebook and Instagram.

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