Tuesday’s Earth Day observances have become a week and weekend of programs and opportunities to reduce, recycle and reuse.
Gayle Anderson has information about all kinds of recycling activities – from a beach cleanup to a gas lawnmower trade in program to a drug dispose event.
Wrap up Earth Day – week – with HEAL THE BAY in Santa Monica.
The protect the environment fun begins at 9am with the “Nothin’ But Sand Clean Up”, and the day continues with the Designer Sand Castle competition, and visits to the Heal the Bay Aquarium where you learn about the sea life being protected by the coastal cleanup.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
310 458 4904
While you’re enjoying the Heal the Bay activities, stop by the five acre public beach facility known as the Annenberg Community Beach House right next door.
The Santa Monica landmark is celebrating its’ fifth anniversary with a community open house including a variety of free family friendly programs including beach activities and games; fitness and ballroom-style dance classes; music and dance performances; tours of the historic Guest House and grounds.
16th Annual Butterfly Pavilion
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
1 213 763 DINO
Learn how protecting our environment helps more than 30 native North American butterfly species at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
By the way, the museum is looking for volunteers to help with their work to stop the decline of the Monarch Butterfly by monitoring the Monarch Waystation at the Pavilion. This is where the California Native Milkwood has been planted. It’s a Monarch Butterfly favorite, which helps the butterfly survive predators and urban habitat destruction.
Free Paper Shredding
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Water & Power Community Credit Union
8800 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Water & Power Community Credit Union
8413 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Spring clean, clear out the clutter and protect your identity at the Water and Power Community Credit Union free paper shredding event. According to a recent FTC report, identity theft was the top nationwide consumer complaint in 2013. Shredding sensitive and confidential documents is an easy way for consumers to protect themselves and the beginning of spring the perfect time to reduce clutter.
You can bring up to five boxes or bags of paperwork, including bank statements, receipts, tax records and financial statements, for easy, safe and secure shredding. Games and giveaways like eco-friendly tote bags and water bottles will be included in this event.
FREE Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
Santa Monica Residents ONLY!
Santa Monica Resource Recovery & Recycling Division
9a.m. to 2 p.m.
2500 Michigan Avenue
There’s a free paper shredding event also happening in Santa Monica, but this 9am to 2pm event is for Santa Monica residents ONLY!!!
E-waste is being accepted as well, but again this event is for Santa Monica residents.
Drug Take Back Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
25825 South Vermont Avenue
Drop-off in front of the Parkview Building Drive
In partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration, Kaiser Permanente South Bay is providing an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of expired or unwanted medication, including illegal drugs, at the drive through Drug Take Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
All collected drugs will be taken by the LAPD to an incinerator, where they will be destroyed safely.
Participants are asked not to bring needles.
Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program
Residents living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s jurisdiction are eligible to register for the 2014 Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program.
SCAQMD residents have an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing, at a discounted rate, a new electric lawnmower. This year, you have five models to choose from, with your cost being from $100 to $250 depending on the model you choose. Pre-registration is required There will be four exchange locations scheduled. Visit the website www.aqmd.gov registration and location information.
Used Oil & Filter Recycling Event
10am to 2pm
O’Reilly Auto Parts
21819 South Avalon Boulevard
626 458 6536
Get rid of your used motor oil – LEGALLY – at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works free used motor oil and used oil filter recycling event.
L.A. County residents are asked to prepare items for drop off by placing used oil filters in sealed plastic bags and storing motor oil in leak proof containers without mixing the oil with other liquids including water.
Lynwood Unwanted Waste & Bulky Collection Event
8am to 2pm
Butler Avenue & Bellinger Street
Lynwood residents are invited to drop off unwanted oversized, bulky items, such as furniture, appliances, wood waste, large yard waste, clothing, stereos, televisions, computers and microwaves!
This first citywide spring cleanup event requires Lynwood residents to show proof of address before leaving their Earth Day weekend.
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Have a GREAT EARTH DAY WEEKEND Saturday!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.
This story aired on the KTLA Morning News on Saturday, April 26th