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Mark your calendar for these upcoming spring events

There are so many earth-friendly events coming up! Check out a description of each event below and be sure to take advantage of as many as possible.

April 25: Watershed Cleanup Day, 8 a.m. to noon; picnic to follow

Consider being part of Watershed Cleanup Day 2015. Since 1997, volunteers have removed more than 2,913 tons of waste from local streams, roadways, sinkholes and illegal dump sites. Local businesses, municipalities, faith groups, scout troops, organizations and individuals have participated to help clean up central Pennsylvania. Volunteer to help ClearWater Conservancy rid Centre County’s lands and waters of tons of garbage. To learn more about or participate in the 2015 Watershed Cleanup Day event, contact Lori at 237-0400 or

April 28 and May 27: Backyard Composting Workshop, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold. Join Mimi Cooper, of the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, to learn the basics of backyard composting: why it’s important, what to add and not to add to a compost pile, how to maintain a compost pile and how to use finished compost. Cost is $20, and attendees will receive an Earth Machine composter. Visit to register.

May 1-2: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event; CCRRA, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, sponsored by the Centre County CCRRA, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2. Centre County residents may take household hazardous waste items such as oil-based paints, insecticides, toxic chemicals, cleaners, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes and flammables to the Recycling & Refuse Authority at 253 Transfer Road (near the Nittany Mall), for proper recycling and disposal.

Do not take latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications or alkaline batteries. Contact the Recycling & Refuse Authority at or 238-7005 with questions.

If you plan to attend the event, why not make the most of your trip and take along any old computers or electronics that need recycling. The electronics drop-off site (at the transfer station) will be open during the event. There is also a recycling container (outside Gate 3) for miscellaneous plastics. Last, but not least, copies of the “Delectable Delights from the Dump” cookbook will be available for $10 each.

This is a once-a-year event, so don’t miss it.