Last Friday, April 20th, I stopped by City Hall for their Earth Day celebration. There were a variety of organizations promoting recycling, bike riding, and important environmental practices that Newarkers can take part in to save energy and money.
The usual government agencies were there reminding us that we should be mindful of what is dumped down our city sewer grates (as this water goes straight to our waterways and not to a water treatment facility). Others attendees are listed below.
A city-wide campaign to educate Newarkers on recycling. By distributing promotional materials made of recycled denim, money, and newspapers they provided a physicality to what your trash can become when discarded properly.
Promotes recycling of gently used goods, such as clothing, housewares, and appliances. Thrift stores are a great way to find one-of-a kind items for a fraction of the retail price.
This company boasts being “one of the worlds truly green companies.” Sims will pick up large quantities of scrap metals from building sites but, average consumers can send old electronics to Sims for recycling.
Waste Management may have stolen the show with their fancy remote controlled robot made of recycled materials. But flashy-ness aside, WM is one the leading companies that are hired to recycle, sort, and properly dispose of both run-of-the-mill trash and hazardous waste.
A division if AmeriCorps, these volunteers were distributing energy saving florescent light bulbs and information on making your home a little bit greener. Volunteers work year round to educate and reach out to the community. NJPIRG offers FREE weatherization and will visit your home to weather proof it.
Distributed flyers promoting the East Coast Greenway, offered information on bike safety and FREE bike tune-ups. Also, by filling out a survey you were entered to win a custom Brass Bike Pin made by me, SamKa. Visit the BCBC website and Facebook Group for group bike rides and bike related events in Newark.
Visit Sustainable Newark for more information about upcoming events and what sustainability means to Newark.