California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Earth Day

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Get Involved and Make a Difference!

Sustainability is in the atmosphere, solar panels are generating, and conservation is in full swing. Earth Day must be fast approaching! It’s a special day for those who live eco-friendly lives, but for ride-or-die eco-warriors, every day the planet takes a trip around the sun is Earth Day. No matter which category you fit into, Earth Day is an excellent time to show Mother Nature that you’re grateful for all she has to offer by participating in or even organizing an eco-friendly event. Check out activities happening throughout the state, and if you don’t have any plans yet, here are a few examples of what you can do for the environment on this special occasion.

  • Discover Eco-Events
    Find a local event that speaks to you. This could be anything from a beach cleanup, learning about preventing pollution, or just spending a day in a national park appreciating the beauty of nature. Many of these events are free, including national parks that would normally charge entrance fees.
  • Tell Trash to “Take a Hike!”
    Start your own informal cleanup with a few friends. Take a casual stroll at the beach, a park, or a trail, and pick up litter along the way while you enjoy the company of others.
  • Pledge Allegiance to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
    Sign or create a pledge for school, the office or apartment building. Simple things like committing to turn off the water while brushing your teeth can help conserve resources, especially during the drought. You can also pledge to ride your bike or take public transportation at least one day a week to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Exercise Your  Green Thumb
    If you were thinking of re-landscaping, now is the perfect time to pick out some drought-tolerant plants. Not only will they reduce the amount of water you are using, they’ll also purify the air and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Waste Not, Want Not
    Challenge yourself to a zero-waste day. Pack your lunch in reusable containers, don’t buy anything that has disposable packaging, and use a cloth napkin. Who knows--it might lead to a recurring habit!
  • Quick, to the Haz-Mobile!
    You can drop off household hazardous waste (HHW) like batteries, CFLs, and even nail polish at a recycling facility that accepts HHW.
  • And the Winner is. . .
    Give awards, services, or gifts to friends and family who live a green lifestyle all year round. They will appreciate that you noticed their efforts, and it will encourage more of the same on their part!
  • It’s Time to Par-tay!
    Host a zero-waste dinner party! Break out the good (reusable) silverware, glasses, and cloth napkins. And don’t forget to send guests home with leftovers!
  • Try Some Spring Green-ing
    Donate your time or money to an environmental organization. You can even do some spring cleaning with earth-friendly products and donate your unused items to charities to prevent landfill waste, all while helping someone in need.
  • Break it Down Now!
    You can compost organic waste and return it back to your garden.

Now that you have several ways for commemorating Earth Day proper, share your ideas to celebrate all year round.

Last updated: April 19, 2016
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