Allegheny county presents Earth Day public events

There will be a number of special public events in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. On Sat., April 24, Allegheny County will hold recycling events in North and South parks and a family nature walk in North Park.

There will be opportunities to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items.  Allegheny County is partnering with Global Links and eLoop to host recycling events from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat., April 24, at the North Park pool parking lot and the South Park ice rink parking lot. Volunteers will be accepting medical items, including crutches, canes, non-motorized wheelchairs, shower chairs, nebulizers, and collapsible walkers. Unused, unexpired and unopened medical supplies, such as bandages, gauze, gloves and diapers, will also be collected. Global Links will donate the medical supplies to recovery efforts in Haiti.

Both locations will also be accepting phone books and cell phones. eLoop’s Last Call program will recycle the cell phones in an environmentally conscious fashion, keeping toxins and other waste out of landfills. All personal data on the phones will be securely destroyed. eLoop will make a donation to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation for each cell phone collected.

The phone books will also be recycled, and the County will receive credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for diverting waste from landfills. The credits will go to support the County’s ongoing recycling efforts.

Also on Sat., April 24, Allegheny County will host a family walk on North Park’s Nature Access Trail from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Participants are asked to meet at the Latodami Nature Center at 575 Brown Road, where they will need to complete waiver and registration forms. Participants under the age of 18 will need to submit emergency contact information. Water will be available for participants.

A flyer detailing the recycling events and nature walk is available for download here.  Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer for the recycling events in North and South parks should email to sign up.

The special Earth Day events are part of Allegheny Green, the County Executive’s comprehensive initiative to promote sustainable practices within County government and through countywide policies, programs and projects.