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Celebrate Earth Day the Cedar Springs way

By Judy Reed

Do you have any old junk computers and monitors lying around? What about personal documents you are afraid to throw away because of the personal information on them? Would you like to see Cedar Creek clean again? Or buy some seedlings? What do all of these have in common? They are all part of Cedar Springs’ 3rd annual Earth Day 2010 celebration!

The city will hold their Earth Day celebration on April 24, starting at 8 a.m. with E-waste collection behind Cedar Springs city hall. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, modems, power cords, etc. Televisions will not be accepted, however, you can drop them off at Comprenew at 629 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids for a $10 recycling fee.

New this year is personal document shredding at Kent County Credit Union, 14111 White Creek Avenue. Residents can bring up to two boxes of confidential information for secure shredding, such as credit card receipts, pay check stubs, savings plan statements, bills, tax records and other miscellaneous items that you no longer need.

Also new this year will be a ground breaking ceremony at the city’s new park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the corner of Main and Oak Streets at 9:30 a.m., followed by a tree-planting there commemorating Arbor Day.

Residents will meet again at 10 a.m. at the Fire barn on Maple Street to clean up Cedar Creek. You don’t have to pre-register to work, but the first 100 registered get a free shirt! After the cleanup, there will be a pizza party at the American Legion for the clean up crews, and a green cleaning products demonstration. There will be a city surplus auction following lunch. Visit the city’s website at www.cityofcedarsprings.org for a list of items, and to download a registration form for the cleanup.

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