Earth Day 2012

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012.  Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 and that led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Locally, Earth Day Indiana is in it’s 22nd year.  On Saturday, April 28th, the Earth Day Indiana Festival will take place at White River State Park in Indianapolis.  This outdoor, family-friendly event will combine informational exhibits, good food, live music, and activities for the kids.

But you don’t have just April 28th to demonstrate your commitment to protect our Earth and demonstrate your appreciation of it’s resources.  You can make small changes each day year round to show your support of a healthier environment.

Recycle. Indianapolis has made it easy to recycle materials.  Some neighborhoods are provided with a recycle trash can or bin that you simply set on your curb on trash day.  No longer must you sort the paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.  Just toss the item into the designated trash receptacle like you’d throw any item away.  If you are not provided with a bin, there are many drop of locations around the city that you most likely pass each day on your commute.

Properly discard of household hazardous waste. Doing so prevents this waste from ending up in our landfills, sewers, and waterways (some are drinking water sources).  A program called ToxDrop has been created to help Citizens of Marion County properly dispose unwanted and unused household hazardous waste (HHW).  “Through year-round Saturday collection site locations and periodic ToxAway Day events, the ToxDrop Program has made significant advancements to help residents properly and safely dispose of HHW”.

Donate. Computers, cell phones, furniture, clothing, toys, books, household items, etc. can all be reused by someone in need.  What you choose to do with these items once no longer needed can strongly effect the environment.  Appliances and electronics if not in working order can still be donated to organizations that will reuse parts or dispose of them properly.    For a list of non-profit organizations you can donate these items, click here.  For a complete recycle and reuse guide for all Recycle Indianapolis locations, including places to dispose of appliances, electronics, and hazardous waste, please click here.

At Classic Cleaners, Inc. we encourage all of our team to recycle.  We also ask our customers to bring back the wire hangers and the plastic bags we cover your cleaned garments in so we can reuse the hangers and recycle the bags.  We package most household items in recyclable bags.  If you use our free pick up and delivery service, you can just leave the items for your route driver on your next pick up.  If you use our family wash, we return your clothes folded in recyclable boxes then give you a credit towards  your next fluff and fold.

– S.O.