Earth Day in Hope will be spent cleaning up this corner of the world.
A clean-up event is planned for the community on Saturday, April 24, with the headquarters being Memorial Park.
Volunteers who want to pitch in are asked to meet at the park, within their own safe bubbles. There will be physical distancing between groups, and everyone will be given gloves, safety vests, garbage bags and pick-up sticks. Masks will need to be worn while picking up or dropping off.
But residents don’t have to volunteer to lend a hand in the efforts. This year, they’ll be collecting those special recycled items that aren’t supposed to go in the trash.
That means all those used batteries, paint cans, spray paint cans, cellphones, car batteries, scrap metal and even eyeglasses can all be brought to the park and dropped off.
Volunteers are going to be on hand to collect and sort these items for you, off of Wallace Street.
The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.
In addition to the park event, Kal Tire is holding a tire and rim drop off. They can be brought to Kal Tire at 595 Raab St., between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“I just think it’s going to be a good, fun day,” says Victor Smith, who is helping to organize the event along with the District, Communities in Bloom and the Chamber of Commerce.
“This is the first time ever we’ve done something like this,” he said, and he hopes it’s successful enough to carry on in future years.
“This is all about keeping stuff from the landfill,” he added.
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