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Go Green at Earth Day This Weekend

Apr 26, 2016 08:59AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Booth at Earth Day

Manhattan Beach is getting ready to celebrate Earth Day - and there will be plenty of activities to keep you feeling "green" all Saturday long.

The big event is the annual citywide Earth Day concert and celebration at Polliwog Park, sponsored by the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment). The festival will feature food, live music, Environmental Hero Awards, an eco-quiz, an eco-education stage, a kids' activity walk, and "green" products and crafts.

Those who want to show off how they are "going green" are asked to tag a picture on social media with the hashtag #SustainableMB. Then visit the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation booth on Earth Day and show them your post to receive a free, reusable Manhattan Beach Parks and Rec water bottle.

And if you need to clean out your closets, drawers, and garage, Earth Day is your opportunity to dispose of unwanted items safely:

  • At the V.O.I.C.E. booth at Earth Day, volunteers will be collecting gently used, clean, professional and casual clothes as well as used prescription glasses.
  • The city will collect used batteries for recycling as well as printer toner cartridges at its Going Green booth at Earth Day.
  • There will be a free document shredding and e-waste collection at Manhattan Beach MIddle School from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday in the MBMS parking lot (just around the corner from Polliwog), sponsored by Waste Management and the City of Manhattan Beach. The first three boxes are FREE; there will be a charge of $5 for each additional box.
  • The Manhattan Beach Police Department will hold its 11th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back event to help citizens safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The collection will be held at the police station from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Manhattan Beach has embraced and supported sustainability for many years. The first Earth Day celebration in the City of Manhattan Beach was held in 1992 at Polliwog Park and has grown to include more than 7,000 participants annually. This year close to 8,000 are expected to attend the event in the park.

Earth Day events kicked off last week when the City of Manhattan Beach and Growing Great honored the Growing Great docents at an event at the Downtown Manhattan Beach Farmers Market.

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