Earth Day exhibit gives tips on recycling

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2000

Earth Day, on Saturday, is being marked in Juneau with an exhibit at the Federal Building and elementary school activities.

The display in the Federal Building's lobby includes a banner, charts of directions about how to recycle specific materials, from toner cartridges to junked vehicles, fishing line and glass; plastic collecting bags for use in vehicles; brochures about wilderness; and Smokey Bear coloring exercises for kids.

For example, if you want to recycle car batteries, the city's waste management program accepts a single battery for a fee of $5.25. Batteries are accepted free at the city's hazardous materials drop-off at 5436 Commercial Boulevard every other month; call 586-5254 for the schedule.

Nonferrous cans may be deposited with Auke Bay Cans (789-9407) or in Tongass Salvage bins at Alaskan & Proud market or Fred Meyer.

Curbside recycling is available for newspaper and white paper, aluminum and glass. Contact Southeast Alaska Guidance Association at 790-6405.

The complete recycle chart is available at www.juneau.com/community/recycle.shtml.

Eagle Valley Center offered Earth Day activities to a handful of schools, but only Mendenhall River Community School took them up on it, said David Troup.

Troup worked with 150 fourth- and fifth-graders for two hours Thursday, offering games and activities about the ecosystem, predators and prey, and camouflage, he said. Auk Bay Gardens donated seedling poplars for the students to plant a safe distance from swing sets and exit doors.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. If you happen to be in Boston, Burkina Faso or Mexico City, you can join a continuous 24-hour celebration. In the United States, the flagship event will be held on the Mall in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of thousands will rally and participate in EarthFair 2000.

Earth Day's international goals include clean power, clean air, clean cars and clean investments. That means switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power; cleaning up inefficient coal-fired power plants; requiring production of cleaner, high-mileage vehicles; and ceasing to subsidize the oil, coal, and nuclear industries, according to sponsors.

The Earth Day Network in Seattle may be reached at www.earthday.com.



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