Sunday is Earth Day, a day to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.
In Wyandot County, Earth Day celebrations will begin Friday and run through Saturday.
“We’re trying to raise awareness not just about recycling, but all environmental issues — reducing, reusing and recycling — minimizing our impact on the environment,” Wyandot County Recycling Center and Solid Waste Management District Director Jennifer Calvert said.
The Recycling Center, 11385 CH 4, Carey, will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday when prizes will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“The first 100 recyclers through our drive-through area will be given a special prize bag,” Calvert said. “Throughout the day, we will be picking random people caught recycling in the drive-through for a bigger prize. Be sure to come out and recycle.”
Danner’s Towing and Recycling, 371 CH 37, Sycamore, also will be offering specials beginning Friday, including 65 cents per pound on all aluminum cans.
“We usually give 60 cents per pound; that’s what market is now,” office manager Amy Chester said. “If you come on Friday or Saturday, we raise it 5 cents.”
The public also can receive $9 for automobile batteries.
Danner’s will be giving away 450 T-shirts and 150 hats. Recyclers also can enter to win a grill.
“We’re trying to make more people want to recycle by saving their cans,” Chester said. “We make it fun by giving away free items.”
Friday hours at Danner’s are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business also will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, when the Earth Day specials will continue.
“We’re not open any other Saturday,” Chester said. “This is the only Saturday we are open throughout the whole year and some people save all their cans and come that day.”
By CHANDA NEELY