Celebrate Spring With Keep Lakewood Beautiful's Annual Earth Day And Great American Cleanup

Spring has finally sprung here in Lakewood, Ohio, and Keep Lakewood Beautiful is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and a Great American Cleanup on May 3 from 9-11 a.m., all at the Detroit Ave. entrance to Kauffman Park. Give your spring cleaning a jump start by participating in any or all of these great events!

Household Recycling Roundup: This one-time-only Household Recycling Roundup at the Kauffman Park entrance will be an easy way to swing by and clear your home of items you may have been wanting to get rid of responsibly by recycling them for free! We will be collecting computers, old phones, and any small electronics like vacuum cleaners and small kitchen appliances.

We are helping to get the word out about what’s new in recycling too! Lakewood is now recycling milk cartons and aseptic cartons like juice boxes and unsoiled freezer boxes. Bring any of these recycling items on May 3 and help us see how many times we can fill the blue recycling bin. The special recycling truck with the "arm" that lifts the blue bin will be there so kids can see it in action. Recycling items reduces landfill costs, helps conserve natural resources, and also saves tax dollars.

Lakewood has a great regular curbside recycling program that allows residents to place any of the following items either in your blue recycle cart or blue bags for curbside pickup on trash day: glass bottles, aluminum and steel cans, plastics with numbers 1-7, paper, cardboard, books, and now milk cartons (leave caps on), and shelf-stable cartons or aseptic cartons large or small. You can also bring any of these items to be recycled at Earth Day. If you are not sure about whether an item can be recycled, Lakewood has a great recycling program allowing residents to recycle many items from A-Z. You can access details anytime on the city’s website at the FAQ: What do I do with? section at http://www.onelakewood.com/PublicWorks/Refuse_Recycling/FAQ.aspxor, or by calling the Recycling Department at (216) 252-4322.

Lakewood Business Area Sidewalk Cleanup: Join in the business area Sidewalk Cleanup! Come stroll the Lakewood business area sidewalks and help pick up litter in the nationwide Great American Cleanup. Supplies are provided to any individual or group who would like to participate. If you or a group are interested in participating in the sidewalk cleanup, you can pre-register at (216) 529-6601.

Free TREES and Free FLOWERS! After you have cleaned out your home of recyclables, spruce up your yard for free! We will be giving away free seedling trees that have been potted by Lakewood High School Horticulture students under the expertise of Mr. Mark Rathge. We thank them for their help! We have several varieties to choose from -- red maple, white flowering dogwood, eastern redbud, Colorado blue spruce, Serbian spruce, and Virginia pine -- that will especially fit most Lakewood yards. Trees provide us with beauty and many benefits: they help purify the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants and producing oxygen, increase property values, shade and cool our buildings and paved surfaces, reduce the amount of water and pollutants in sewer systems, provide habitats for birds and other wildlife, and foster safer, more sociable and attractive neighborhood environments. Come learn more about trees and help plant a tree at 10:30 a.m.

We will also be giving away potted tulips, hyacinths, and hydrangea and other flowers! Bring your old small electronics, milk cartons, and juice boxes and take home some beautiful TREES and FLOWERS for FREE for your yard, while supplies last! Please drop by and help Keep Lakewood Beautiful!

For more information on Keep Lakewood Beautiful see http://www.onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.

Marianne Quasebarth Usiak

Lakewood Citizen and Volunteer Board member of Keep Lakewood Beautiful

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 04.29.2014