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The Great American Clean-Up

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Thursday, April 22, is the 40th annual celebration of Earth Day.  There are many activities in Cincinnati this weekend, like the Cincinnati Zoo's "Party for the Planet," to encourage families to participate in this "day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment."

Keep America Beautiful's Great American Clean-Up also happens every spring.  It's the nation's largest community involvement program.  This Saturday, April 24, in Cincinnati, the Great American Clean-Up will happen in 87 local neighborhoods (check the 2010 Community List to see if your neighborhood is involved).  Most of the activities will be open for participation from 9 am to 12 Noon.  Last year, "9,000 volunteers and leaders from 90 communities collected 650,000 pounds of litter and debris; 25,000 pounds of recyclables and 1,100 tires; and diverted more than 40,000 plastic (PET) bottles from the waste stream" just in the Greater Cincinnati area.

For more information on green living check these websites:  Keep Cincinnati Beautiful            Roots and Shoots: a program of the Jane Goodall Institute to get youth involved in improving our world.            The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati            Nature's Garden Delivered: Farm Fresh, Local and Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered to your door all year long.            Park + Vine: local specialty store with products for green living.            Local Earth Day events            

Also a note:  As of the beginning of April, the City of Cincinnati has restarted the curbside collection of yard waste.  Place it in marked trash cans or the paper yard waste bags at the curb on your regular trash collection day.