LETTER: After Earth Day, Then What?

Submitted by Joanne Clark

Earth Day came and went quickly. Weather is not cooperating fully but Spring events continue, including Beach Clean-up (April 30), Paint Can collection (April 29th), Byram Park Clean-up (May 21st), Garden Tour (May 26th), led by Greenwich Green & Clean and other local environmental groups.

Waste-Free Greenwich will hold its first No-Waste Fair on May 7th, giving you an opportunity to bring items to recycle, including eye glasses, corks and batteries, as well as learn about new programs to help eliminate trash.

Greenwich will run a Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, May 7th at the Horseneck parking lot across from Boys & Girls Club. Carefully gather chemicals, fertilizers, paint/stain and other toxic items for proper disposal. Never add these items to your trash.

One thing missing in the Spring event line-up is Paper Shredding. No, you did not miss this annual event! Shredding Day is set for Saturday, October 8. Details to come in late summer.

This event has been sponsored by The First Bank of Greenwich and Santaguida Sanitation for well over 10 years and is always popular as hundreds of residents shred sensitive documents.

Volunteers from Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board (GRAB) and Greenwich Green & Clean run the event.

So, it seems Earth Day will continue in Greenwich with events that remind us to be kind to our environment.

As the leaves open on the trees and our gardens come to life please take a moment each day to consider the fragile state of our planet. Make an effort to develop better earth-friendly habits – recycling, composting, no engine idling, and most of all re-use rather than toss.

Respectfully submitted
Joanne Clark