There are so many earth-friendly events coming up in April and May. Check out a description of each event below and be sure to take advantage of as many as possible.
• April 2: Backyard Compost Workshop, Millbrook Marsh, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold. Join Mimi Cooper to learn the basics of backyard composting: Why it’s important to compost, what to add and not add to a compost pile, how to maintain a compost pile and how to use finished compost. Cost is $15, and attendees will receive an Earth Machine composter. Visit http://www.crpr.org to register.
April 10: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority’s Business After Hours Event; 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join CBICC members for a Business After Hours Event at The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority. Enjoy an evening of networking, great food and drinks while building connections with Centre County’s business leaders. Cost is $5 per member and $20 per prospective member/guest. Visit www.cbicc.org to register.
• April 26: The Drug Take Back Program, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., locations to be announced.
The Drug Take Back Program is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control, and will be held April. The program has been designed for those who have unwanted, unused prescription drugs and would like to safely dispose of them. Visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback for a listing of local drop-off locations.
• April 26: Watershed Cleanup Day, 8 a.m.-noon, picnic to follow.
Consider being part of Watershed Cleanup Day 2014. Volunteer to help ClearWater Conservancy rid Centre County’s lands and waters of tons of garbage. For more information, visit www.clearwaterconservancy.org.
May 2-3: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event; CCRRA, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte.
The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, sponsored by the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3. Centre County residents may bring items such as oil-based paints, insecticides, chemicals, cleaners, toxics and flammables, etc. to the Recycling & Refuse Authority at 253 Transfer Road, near the Nittany Mall, for proper recycling and disposal.
Do not bring latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications or alkaline batteries to the event. Contact the Recycling & Refuse Authority at email@example.com or 238-7005 for questions regarding the collection event.
If you plan to attend the HHW event, why not make the most of your trip and bring along any old computers or electronics that need recycling? The electronics drop-off site, located at the transfer station, will be open during the event. There is also a recycling container outside of Gate 3 for miscellaneous plastics, so bring those along as well. Last but not least, copies of the “Delectable Delights from the Dump” cookbook will be available for $10 each, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority. Contact her at aschirf@centrecountyrecycles .org.