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February 20, 2024

County Integrated Waste Management to host first Earth Day celebration

Courtesy of San Benito County Integrated Waste Management:

Looking for a great event to celebrate Earth Day? This Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., San Benito County Integrated Waste Management is hosting an Earth Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park.

This free event has over 20 partners that will provide fun interactive Earth Day activities for all ages and easy ways for residents to be more green and sustainable. Recology San Benito County will host their Environmental Day Activities from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. that include a free compost giveaway, free paper shredding, and free electronic waste collection for San Benito County residents. At the event, food for purchase will be available from Jardines de San Juan, Fishers Restaurant, and Farm House Foods. As much as possible, the food will be locally sourced.

Residents can participate in these activities at the event:

· Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Medina will announce the winners of the Art Poster Contest Winners

· Announcement of the Sustainability Merit Badge recipients from Boy Scout Troop 436

· Upcycled Art Workshop by San Benito County Arts Council and teaching artist Dustin Kinsley at 11 a.m.

· Calpulli Itzapapalotl Dane Azteca performance at 12:15 p.m.

· Kamal Yoga Studio will offer a yoga class at Veterans Memorial Park from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

· Bike Safety Checks by Off the Chain all day! Bring your bike and helmet. Off the Chain will also have electric bicycles for you to try. Driver License is required.

· Free disposal of unused/expired medications at the San Benito County Public Health Services table all day!

Other partners at the event include R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation, San Benito County Arts Council, RJR Recycling, Point Blue Conservation Science, Wildlife Emergency Services, Recology San Benito County, Hollister Hills SVRA, Growing Hearts Garden Center, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, Aromas Progressive Action League, Credo Studio, Water Resources Association of San Benito County, Off the Chain Bicycle Store, Jardines de San Juan, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, Farmhouse Foods Eating with the Seasons, San Benito Green Business, Fisher’s Restaurant, Kamal Yoga Studio, San Benito County Public Health Services and 4-H.

San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency

The San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency (IWMRA) includes the cities of Hollister, San Juan Bautista and unincorporated San Benito County. The IWMRA was formed in 1995 as a Joint Powers Authority to cost-effectively meet state waste reduction, organics and hazardous waste management enforced by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and to improve sustainability for its member jurisdictions. www.cosb.us/county-departments/iwm

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