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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
March 22, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Environmental Awareness Days
March 22 Through April 30

List Of Activities

Earth Wellness Festival: March 22
The Earth Wellness Festival kicks off Environmental Awareness Days for Lincoln and Lancaster County. This is the seventh annual Festival, which provides fifth-grade students in Lancaster County with hands-on educational activities. Local environmental groups and the University of Nebraska sponsor this environmental education program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Since it began in 1994, the Festival has impacted about 20,000 young people. For more information on the event contact the Lancaster County Extension Service at 441-7180.

Yard Waste Composting Program: April 1 through November 30
Between April 1 and November 30 of each year, residents must separate their grass clippings and leaves from their household trash. A separate yard waste collection is available from local waste haulers for a fee. Many save money by composting or mulching yard waste on their own property. For information on composting workshops, call the City Recycling Office at 441-8215.

Neighborhood Clean-ups: April and May
A number of neighborhood groups sponsor spring clean-ups. To find out if your neighborhood group is involved, contact Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful at 441-8035.

National Wild Life Week: April 16 and 17
"Explore Nature in Your Backyard" is the theme for this yearís observance, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. The goal of National Wildlife Week is to educate participants about wildlife conservation issues both globally and in their own backyards. For more information, contact the Federationís website at www.nwf.org.

Clean Your Files Week: April 16 through 20
If your file cabinets at work are bulging or you have boxes and boxes of old files, "Clean Your Files Week" is for you. This is the second annual observance in Lincoln. The event supports Earth Day by offering office workers the opportunity to empty file drawers and fill recycling bins. Recyclables include computer paper, letterhead, white and colored ledger paper, phone books, cards and envelopes. For more information on "Clean Your Files Week", call the Lincoln Recycling Office at 441-8215.

Cans for Books Campaign: April 16 through May 18
During this time, area schools will receive three cents per pound for aluminum cans brought to A & J Recycling, 3400 North 22nd Street. The can collection is being sponsored by A & J, Midland Recycling, the Ventures in Partnership program and the Lincoln Public Schools Recycling and Media program. Those dropping off cans can designate which school library will receive their donations. The school bringing in the most aluminum cans will win an additional $500 from Midland Recycling. For more information, call Midland Recycling at 476-8502.

Keep Wilderness Park Beautiful: 9 a.m. to noon, April 21
Show your concern for our earth by helping to clean up Lincolnís wildest park! Join Lincoln Parks and Recreation staff in picking up litter along trails and roads. Participants will meet at the park entrance at 1st Street and Park Boulevard. Free pizza and pop will be provided for those who pre-register before April 19. More information is available from the Parks and Recreation Department at 441-7895.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21
This is not a collection of waste generated by businesses. It is designed specifically for local residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste, such as heavy metals, solvents, pesticides and items containing PCBs. Materials NOT accepted are latex paint, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, medicines, used oil, batteries, explosives and ammunition or household trash. Do not mix chemicals, and keep products in their original containers. The collection site is the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 'N' Street. Call 441-8040 for more information.

31st Annual Earth Day: April 22
The local observance of Earth Day will include activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Childrenís Museum, 1420 'P' Street. Kids can create artwork related to Earth Day and learn about recycled content products. Parents can register for a year of curbside recycling services .

Computer Collection Event for Businesses: April 25
This event gives businesses the opportunity to take their old computer equipment to a central location for refurbishing. There is a fee for the service, which is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at State Fair Park. For more information, call WasteCap of Lincoln at 472-0888.

Lincoln Lancaster Environmental Awards Ceremony: April 26
This annual event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the City Public Works and Utilities Department to recognize organizations, schools, businesses and individuals for their environmental efforts. The awards ceremony, which includes a dessert buffet, begins at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service Office, 444 Cherrycreek Road, and the cost is $5 per person. For information or a reservation, call 441-8035.

Arbor Day: April 27
Many activities are planned statewide for this observance, which was created by Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902).

Spring Affair: April 28
This annual event is sponsored by the State Fair Park, the Nebraska State-wide Arboretum, and UNL Landscape Services. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Food Court Building and include a native and exotic plant sale, seminars on gardening, a variety of outdoor vendors and tips on gardening. For more information, call UNL Landscape Services at 472-2679.

To learn more about Environmental Awareness Days, call the Lincoln Recycling Office at 441-8215.

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