From planting trees to cleaning up the Scioto River bed and recycling old electronics, volunteers will have myriad ways to participate in a week of Earth Day activities across central Ohio.
Earth Day is April 22.
“Earth Day Columbus is an easy way to get involved with beautifying and strengthening our greenspaces in central Ohio,” said Erich Hiner, volunteer board member of Green Columbus, which organizes Earth Day Columbus each year.
Events will be spread throughout Columbus, with some kind of ecological effort in every community, he said.
“There are dozens of opportunities to choose from, as an individual, as a family or even as a group of friends,” Hiner said. “It’s quick and easy to sign up, and most sites run for about two to three hours.”
For a schedule of events or to volunteer at a project site, go to earthdaycolumbus.org. Most activities are planned from April 13 to 20.
One of the biggest activities is set for Friday, April 12, in Westerville. Westerville Parks and Recreation and DHL Supply Chain employees will work collaboratively to plant 1,000 trees, said Stacie Sarbaugh, the company’s community-involvement manager.
The Earth Day efforts also extend beyond the flora.
For example, Integrated Building Systems is accepting CD players, stereos, radios, electric cords and other electronics, as well as shreddable paper, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 at 950 Michigan Ave. in Columbus’ Harrison West neighborhood.
A fee will be assessed on those who drop off tube-based TVs and computer monitors because they contain hazardous-waste materials, said Rebecca Chapman, marketing manager of Integrated Building Systems.
Chapman said household appliances, light bulbs, batteries and similar items would not be accepted.
Taquitos Truck will be on site with Mexican food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It will be the seventh year Integrated Building Systems has collected recyclable materials for Earth Day, Chapman said.
“We often get tons of material, quite literally,” she said. “Last year, we had almost 8,000 pounds of electronics that (otherwise) would just be polluting our environment. And much of it is recyclable.”
The Earth Day elbow grease will be rewarded with a party from noon to 8 p.m. April 20 at Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. in downtown Columbus.
Among the attractions will be food trucks, live entertainment, cocktails, a children’s area, craft beer and science demonstrations from the Center of Science and Industry.
“It’s a celebration for everyone who took part in Earth Day Columbus and anyone who’s interested in Ohio’s ‘green’ scene,” Hiner said. “We’re excited to have some new vegan-food options. We’ll have ‘eco’ vendors talking about environmental causes and environmental products. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”