Clean-up efforts planned for Earth Day
Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated as a time to clean up communities, serve as a reminder about the importance of recycling and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Annual Earth Day events are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and are celebrated in more than 192 countries.
This year, the Town of Corydon, Purdue Extension, the Harrison County Solid Waste Management District and local Lions Clubs are sponsoring the first Earth Day communitywide trash clean-up and recycling event.
‘This is a chance for friends, neighbors and co-workers to help clean up our community by participating in this event on April 22 and 23,’ Jim Koerber, local Earth Day coordinator, said. ‘We need groups of all ages and sizes to volunteer to clean up any public area they want in Harrison County.’
With this being Indiana’s bicentennial year, he said it was the perfect time for people to come together to make the county look great.
The cleanup will begin in Corydon on Friday, April 22, then expand throughout the county on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
There is no rain date planned, as ‘you can’t move Earth Day,’ Koerber said.
This will be a collaborative effort to protect the local environment and ensure that trash and recyclables stay out of waterways.
‘The more people that help out, the more trash we can remove from our community’s streets, roads, highways and parks,’ Koerber said.
Residents and business owners are urged to clean up in their neighborhoods and around their businesses, using their own bags, on April 22 and put their trash and recyclable bags at the street curb. Business owners are encouraged to give their employees paid time off to pick up trash.
The next day, teams can register at designated centers throughout the county beginning at 8:30 a.m. Local Lions Club members will handle registration, provide coffee and doughnuts, distribute safety reflective vests, hand sanitizer and two different bags, one for recyclables (glass, cans and plastic) and one for trash.
Registration sites are: the recycling centers in Corydon, Elizabeth and Lanesville; the firehouses in Central, New Middletown, Palmyra and Ramsey; Central Barren United Methodist Church; and the Crandall Community Center.
Koerber said the filled bags are to be taken to the recycling centers in Corydon, Elizabeth and Lanesville, the fire stations in Central, New Middletown, Palmyra and Ramsey, Central Barren United Methodist Church or the Crandall Community Center or as arranged with the Lions Clubs at registration.
The Harrison County Solid Waste Management District will take care of the trash and recyclables collected at these locations.
‘We appreciate the donations by Limeberry Lumber (trash bags), Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. (protective gloves), Harrison County Hospital (hand sanitizers) and the Harrison County Community Foundation for the funding for safety vests for volunteers, printing costs and additional trash bags,’ Koerber said.
Efforts to keep communities and roadways clean isn’t reserved exclusively for Earth Day.
Koerber said it’s a ‘mindset’ people need to develop to not litter.
‘Not throwing trash out really does matter,’ he said.
One example he pointed to is the first impression visitors get when exiting Interstate 64 at S.R. 135.
‘So, talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers, form a team of volunteers, designate a team leader, determine a public area to be cleaned up, provide or get your trash bags and safety vest, pick up trash and recyclable materials and take them to a nearby collection center,’ said Koerber, who hopes to make the clean-up efforts an annual event. ‘Let’s celebrate both Earth Day and our bicentennial by helping make our environment safe, beautiful and clean throughout the county and to keep it that way by not littering.’
For more information, contact Koerber at 812-968-5226 or by email at [email protected]