Solano Earth Day cleanup event scheduled for April 16 – The Vacaville Reporter

Every bit of litter hurts. Or has the potential to hurt.

Did you know that Solano County Earth Day Volunteers typically remove between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from community parks, trails, and waterways each year?

And some of those community parks, trails and waterways – even those nondescript, nearly dry creeks we all come across from time to time, with fast food wrappers, soda and beer cans, old car tires, etc. . – are in our neighborhoods, perhaps beyond a field or behind a house.

If you join the Earth Day cleanup on April 16, at sites across the county, you can help get rid of these horrors and make a difference by making sure the debris doesn’t spill into the Pacific Ocean. , to which this neighborhood creek ultimately leads. , says Marianne Butler, coordinator of the 2022 cleanup.

With locations ranging from the hills of the Coast Range in Lake Solano Park to the Delta Shoreline in Rio Vista, eight cleanup sites are planned across the county this year.

Event start and end times vary by location. Interested volunteers should visit cleanupsolano.org for details on site locations and times.

Sponsored by Solano County, the event aims to bring together local residents, students, clubs, organizations and businesses to help make Solano “clean and green,” added Butler, district education manager. Solano Resource Conservation in Dixon, in a press release. released on Friday.

She noted that about 80% of the waste that pours into the Pacific comes from inland sources, most often entering storm sewers that empty directly into streams and rivers before discharging into the sea.

Volunteers are “strongly encouraged” to bring their own buckets and gloves to help make events “zero waste,” she added in the prepared statement.

For those interested, a free digital recycling guide, at recycle.solanocounty.com, offers tips for properly recycling things like oil, appliances, furniture, and e-waste.

Additionally, the number of items collected can be tracked on Ocean Conservancy’s CleanSwell mobile app to help researchers keep tabs on the amount of trash being diverted from our oceans by Solano County residents.

According to Ocean Conservancy, data recorded on CleanSwell is uploaded to a global database used by researchers and policy makers to inform waste management solutions, such as California’s plastic bag and straw ban.

Besides Solano County, other groups are participating. They include the Sierra Club Solano group, Sprouts Farmers Market in Vacaville, the Solano Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership, KUIC-FM 95.3, and the California Coastal Commission.

Cleanup partners include Solano County Parks, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, Vallejo Watershed Alliance, Solano Land Trust, and all city and volunteer site managers.

The Solano RCD coordinates three annual community cleanups on behalf of Solano County, including Earth Day, World Environment Day on June 4, and Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17.

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