Dublin Villager

Expo organizers hope for growing interest in 'going green'


Education and action are central themes for the Growing Green in Dublin Expo, slated for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

With the annual event that focuses on environmental matters, city staff members are hoping to educate people and move them to action, said City Forester Paula Chope.

"Our goal is to educate residents into action: what they can do to take care of their property, how to recycle the right things (and) stormwater mitigation," she said. "It's about education and action."

Subjects of the Growing Green in Dublin Expo will cover plant life, recycling and wildlife.

"We'll have a table from our city of Dublin forestry staff with information on the best trees to plant in your yard, information about emerald ash borer treatment or removal information," Chope said.

Visiting each educational area at the expo also will offer a way for residents to win a prize.

"When you come in the door, we'll have a sheet with each area on it," Chope said. "You check them off, write your name and address and we are going to pick winners. You can win a tree, a compost bin, rain barrel, native plants or a tour of the Ohio Wildlife Center."

The Ohio Wildlife Center will be on-site with animals to teach both children and adults about native species. A small farmers market will feature local offerings.

Education on recycling will touch on items not usually put in the city's recycling bins.

"It's more education on where you could take bicycles or furniture or used products," Chope said.

Dublin offers recycling of e-waste such as laptop computers, cellphones, microwaves, keyboards, speakers and power cords from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Dublin Service Center, 6555 Shier-Rings Road.

"It's about what homeowners can do to be more eco-friendly to their property," Chope said.

Dublin residents will have another opportunity to get rid of items and recycle others from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection at Ashland Inc., 5200 Blazer Parkway. Hazardous household waste such as drain cleaners, gasoline, fire extinguishers, kerosene, pool chemicals, acid, rat poison, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and used oil will be accepted.

Operation Feed will collect canned-food items and monetary donations, and AMVETS will be on hand to collect clothing, shoes, bedding, housewares, linens and small appliances.

For more information on the Growing Green in Dublin Expo or the April 20 Household Hazardous Waste event, visit dublinohiousa.gov.