Next Monday is Earth Day, and there are more than a few ways to celebrate environmental stewardship in the area this weekend and beyond.
From special recycling programs to a litter pick-up excursion and a free festival, there’s something for everyone.
First, the fun stuff.
William and Mary Earth Day Festival, April 20: Come out for some green fun at the College of William and Mary’s Earth Day festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Crim Dell Meadow and Sadler Terrace. The festival, which is free and open to the public, features live music, a butterfly tent, children’s activities and more.
Groundbreaking at York County Demonstration Garden, April 22: The York County Beautification Committee and York River Academy Greenhouse team will break ground at the York County Demonstration Garden at 12:30 p.m. at the Waste Management Center, located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road. The York River Academy Greenhouse team designed the garden, which will be maintained by students and include native plants to support local ecosystems, ranging from flowers to shrubs.
Those with a more practical mindset might appreciate the opportunities to get rid of trash and recyclables in York.
York County tire collection, April 20: The county will hold a tire recycling event at the Public Works Complex, located at 105 Service Drive. Residents may drop off up to five tires, either on or off the rim, for free from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Disposal of tires helps minimize mosquito populations. Fewer loose tires means fewer places for standing water to collect and become prime mosquito breeding grounds. There will also be information at the event about yard inspections and how to eliminate standing water in other places, such as bird baths and tarps. Call 757-890-3750 for more information.
York County plastic bag recycling, April 27: During the Sheriff’s Office drug take-back event, people can also drop off plastic bags for recycling at 5338-D George Washington Memorial Highway. The drug take-back program allows people to safety dispose of unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. Call 757-890-3750 for more information.
And for the more action-oriented, there are opportunities to collect and dispose of litter in the community.
College Creek Clean Up, April 27: Sen. Monty Mason is back with his annual litter cleanup effort. The crew will pick up trash 10 a.m. to noon in the Treyburn Drive and Kings Manor Drive area. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot on Middle Street near the Shops at High Street. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing. The city will provide grabbers, bags, gloves and other equipment. RSVP at bit.ly/2GqiI05.
James City County Spring Clean Up, month of April: Every year, county residents take to the streets and byways to clean illegal dump sites and roadway trash during the month of April. Volunteers organize cleanups at various locations across the county. Anyone who wants to set up a cleanup and get supplies from the county may call 757-259-5375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, email@example.com, @jajacobs_