Earth Week Activities Announced

by Melanie Stewart

No matter what your interests are, there will be something for everyone at this year’s Earth Week Celebration and we hope to see you there!

Monday, April 24th:

Don’t toss it, don’t recycle it—Re-Purpose it! Put on your creative thinking caps and see what you can make out of reused materials! Anything that has outlived its original intent and been transformed into something else is eligible to win in the ever-popular Re-Purpose It contest! Past winners have included everything from a potting bench out of pallets to a wall sign made out of floorboards to a standing desk out of copy paper boxes. In addition to popular vote, community groups will also award specific prizes, so there are many opportunities to win!  Check our website for contest rules.

Tuesday, April 25th 11pm-6pm and Wednesday, April 26th 6am-12pm:

Have items at home you need to get dispose of, and can’t put in the trash?  We will accept a variety of items for recycling; click here for complete information:

  • Personal electronics will be collected and recycled; hard drives will be shredded. Most items will be free, but there will be a nominal cost for tube TVs, CRT monitors, and hard drives.
  • Free personal document shredding.
  • Free personal single use alkaline battery recycling.
  • Free ‘techno trash’ recycling – computer disks, CDs, and VHS tapes for shredding/recycling.
  • Eyeglasses will be collected for donation.
  • Have pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House? Bring those too!

This event will be held over 2 days to make it more convenient for you.

Thursday, April 27th 11:30am-1:30pm, in Lower Storz:

The Sustainability Expo returns!  You will have the chance to speak with multiple representatives from community environmental organizations (everything from personal rain barrels to canning/food storage tips)—along with free cookies, door prizes, and more!  Check our webpage for a complete list of topics; new presenters are still being added.

Friday, April 28th, location TBD:

Arbor Day is celebrated across the country but has special meaning in Nebraska.  We will plant a tree, give away free trees and wildflower seeds, and we’ll have a Master Gardener (our own Susan Siebler) on hand to answer your questions as you get ready to garden.  Check our website for more info.


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