Saturday, April 13, 2013
10 AM - 12 PM
Veterans' Memorial Park (behind the Dracut Post Office)
Rain location: Harmony Hall at the Dracut Historical Society, 1660 Lakeview Ave.
2013's Theme:The impact of climate change & making better choices for our future
Kick-off to our Community Cleanup Week
Saturday, 4/13 through Sunday, 4/21
Please help us beautify our town and protect our plants & wildlife by collecting roadside trash in your neighborhood and throughout town. Free cleanup kits (bright yellow trash bags & latex-free gloves) will be available for free the day of the event and all week at: Almo's Flower & Garden Center, Dracut Hardware, the Dracut Library, and the Dracut Fire Department on Pleasant St. The first 100 families to sign-up at the Earth Day event will receive a high-quality re-usable shopping bag from ChicoBag. It's as easy as cleaning up your own street. Every bag counts!
**During cleanup remember:
Be Safe... Have Supervision...Wear Gloves & Proper Clothing...Watch Out For Poison Ivy!!
Small E-Waste & Mercury RecyclingThis year we'll be collecting small electronics for recycling, specifically:
- cell phones (inc. smartphones), iPods, digital cameras, laptops, keyboards/ mice/ webcams
- We are only collecting the specific items above. Please do not bring any larger electronics, such as TV's, desktop computers, monitors, etc. We will not be able to recycle these items ourselves. Recycling options available at: Dracut Household Hazardous Waste Info.
We'll also be collecting small items for Dracut's Mercury Recovery Program, such as:
- CFL bulbs, glass thermometers, thermostats, & NiCad, button, zinc & lithium batteries (no alkaline batteries produced after 1994 accepted)
**If you forget to bring these items to Celebrate the Earth, you can bring them to Dracut's Household Hazardous Waste Day on April 27, 2013, or the Board of Health at the Town Hall Annex anytime!
Inspiring Guest Speakers:
Colleen Garry, MA State Representative to proclaim 4/13/13 as Arbor Day in Dracut
Heidi Kost-Gross, President of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., will speak briefly on the importance and progress of the Updated Bottle Bill.
Matt Zettek, Dracut Recycling Coordinator, will discuss Dracut's upcoming Automated Trash Collection Program & the importance of recycling. He'll also have an example of the new trash cart.
Dave Dumaresq, owner of Farmer Dave's, will speak briefly about "making better choices for the future of our climate and our world".
Ceremonial Tree Planting in Veterans' Memorial Park
Crafts & Activities for Children
- Flower Seed Planting and Container Decorating with the Girl Scouts
- Make Your Own Bird Feeder with the Jr. Garden Club
- Face Painting
- Green Story time & Coloring
- Free Snacks & Beverages
Educational Exhibits & Demonstrations
- Composting 101
- Ways to Clean Your Home Naturally
- How to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch
- Recycling Q&A
- Arbor Day
Plus, free tree seedlings, free compost, and great raffle prizes!! This will be a great way to spend a couple of hours having fun, learning, and celebrating with your community. We hope to see you there!
We appreciate the support and generosity from all of our event supporters, including:
- The Dracut Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
- The Town of Dracut
- Dracut Department of Public Works
- Dracut Board of Health
- Dracut Public Schools
- Dracut Recreation Department
- Dracut Fire Department
- Dracut Police Department
- Dracut Public Library
- Dracut Water Supply District
- Girl Scouts
- Almo's Flower & Garden Center
- Dracut Hardware
- Carbon Colors
- Hannaford - Dracut
- Lowell General Hospital
- Flier Heaven
- Live Alive Urban Oasis & Cafe
- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt - Dracut
- Admix, Inc.
- Honest Tea